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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As Fort Worth Doctor Kent Brantly walked out of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, concern started to spread on social media.

A Twitter post by Caleb Hegg said, “I want the doctors who just declared Kent Brantly cured of Ebola to publicly lick him on the face before they release him.”

Professor Robo tweeted, “In my opinion, with such a dangerous virus, Writebol – Brantly should be in isolation and under study for at least 3 to 6 months.”

So are the two American aid workers actually “cured?” To answer that question CBS 11 News went to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Doctors there use the word ‘recovered’ rather than cured.

There are a lot of questions still to be answered about what causes the virus, and how people survive it.

It is because of that limited knowledge of Ebola, especially in the United States, that some people are anxious.

The numbers are scary, Ebola suffered have a 50 to 90-percent mortality rate. But historically the vast majority of those cases are in West Africa — where healthcare is not nearly as advanced as here in the U.S.

Doctor Cedirc Spak is an infectious disease specialist at Baylor. He says the clinical teams who treated the patients in Atlanta should be applauded for stepping into uncharted territory.

Doctors believe surviving Ebola leaves patients immune to future infection, but Dr. Spak feels one thing is certain — by taking on the Ebola patients, the best researchers and doctors in the field had an unbelievable opportunity to study the disease and help the global fight against it.

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