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On “NBC Nightly News” tonight, Brian Williams read a statement from NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman who was spotted out and about near her Hopewell, NJ home Thursday despite being under voluntary quarantine due to possible exposure to Ebola. When the state of New Jersey Health Dept. found out about it, it required Snyderman and her crew be placed in a mandatory quarantine. Here’s the statement:
While under voluntary quarantine guidelines which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed. We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. As a health professional, I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.
Dr. Snyderman returned from Africa a week ago tonight after an NBC News colleague, cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, tested positive for Ebola. He’s responding favorably to treatment in Nebraska.