NBC News Freelance Cameraman Diagnosed with Ebola

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 10.01.02On Thursday night, NBC News announced that a freelance cameraman that it hired to be a second cameraman for the network’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman reporting in Monrovia, Liberia, was diagnosed with Ebola.

NBC News Deborah Turness wrote in a note to staff Thursday evening:

“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. We are consulting with the CDC, Medecins Sans Frontieres and others. And we are working with Dr. Nancy on the ground in Liberia.”

“We are also taking all possible measures to protect our employees and the general public. The rest of the crew, including Dr. Nancy, are being closely monitored and show no symptoms or warning signs. However, in an abundance of caution, we will fly them back on a private charter flight and then they will place themselves under quarantine in the United States for 21 days – which is at the most conservative end of the spectrum of medical guidance.”

The 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo quarantined himself Wednesday after taking his temperature and recording a slight fever. Twelve hours after testing Thursday at Medecins Sans Frontieres, his result came back positive for the virus.

Mukpo’s parents, Dr. Mitchell Levy and Diane Mukpo, joined “TODAY’s” Tamron Hall Friday morning to discuss telephone conversations with their son since diagnosis as he prepares to return to the United States for care.

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