Dr. Nancy Snyderman, medical correspondent for NBC News, will be flown back to the United States to be quarantined after one of her cameramen was diagnosed with Ebola. Nancy and her crew had been covering the epidemic in Liberia.
While covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia’s capital Monrovia, Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s freelance cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was diagnosed with the deadly disease. Following the diagnosis, the 61-year-old NBC News Chief Medical Editor and Correspondent and her crew are set to be flown back to the United States to be quarantined for 21 days. Ashoka is the fifth American to contract the disease.
Nancy Snyderman Quarantined
Nancy and the three other members of her crew, who had been covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia’s capital, will be quarantined for 21 days upon their return to the United States. One of Nancy’s cameramen contracted the disease shortly after he was hired by NBC. Ashoka had only been working with Nancy and her crew since Sept. 30. He began feeling tired and achy the next day, NBC News reports.
Nancy told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Oct. 2 that she “suggested and requested he self-quarantine.” Ashoka went to a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders to be checked for malaria, but tested positive for Ebola. She believes he contracted the disease before he started working for NBC.
The NBC medical correspondent revealed to Matt Lauer on TODAY that Ashoka was doing “good” and the amount of virus in his body is low.
Nancy has served as NBC’s Chief Medical Editor since 2006. Before she was at NBC, Nancy served as the ABC News medical correspondent for 15 years.
American aid workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were infected with Ebola in July 2014. In September 2014, Dr. Rick Sacra contracted the disease after working at a local hospital in Liberia. A U.S. physician working for the World Health Organization is currently being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
We hope Ashoka makes a full recovery and that Nancy and her crew will be able to return to their families soon.
— Avery Thompson