NBC Cameraman Tests Positive For Ebola, News Crew To Be Quarantined
An American cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, the network reported Thursday. The 33-year-old was working with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the network’s chief medical correspondent, and three full-time NBC employees who have been reporting from the scene since Tuesday, according to The Daily Beast.
[su_center_ad]Snyderman and the rest of the news crew will also be flown back to the U.S., where they will be quarantined for 21 days.
The Daily Beast reports:
“We have really worked hard to minimize our risk,” Snyderman said by phone from Liberia on Thursday night on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show. “Obviously, zero risk means never coming to Liberia.”
Snyderman described the usual Ebola symptoms as “fever, followed by vomiting, achiness, and sometimes diarrhea. The deaths occur because the vomiting and diarrhea are so severe that patients basically don’t have enough fluid, and then they run into clotting problems and they die from that.”
Snyderman added: “The good news is that this young man, our colleague, was admitted to the clinic very, very early. I spoke with him today. He’s in good spirits. He’s ready to get home.”
“We are doing everything we can to get him the best care possible. He will be flown back to the United States for treatment at a medical center that is equipped to handle Ebola patients,” NBC News President Deborah Turness reportedly said in a note to staff in regards to Mukpo. [su_csky_ad]