A cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has become the fourth American to contract the deadly Ebola virus.
Freelance journalist Ashoka Mukpo, 33, is being flown privately back to the U.S. for treatment, while the network’s chief medical editor and correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the rest of her team are also returning and will be placed in quarantine for 21 days.
Neither Snyderman nor the other members of her team are currently displaying any signs of the disease, said NBC.
The infected journalist was only hired this week to be a second cameraman for Snyderman, who has been reporting on the continuing spread of the deadly virus in the country’s capital Monrovia.
Mukpo, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, had been doing human rights work in West Africa for ‘several years before returning to Liberia when the Ebola outbreak began, his father, Mitchell Levy, told ABC News.
He confirmed his son had been diagnosed and said: ‘Ashoka is being evacuated to the USA where he will receive the best possible treatment. The doctors are optimistic about his prognosis.’
The cameraman took to Facebook on a number of occasions while in West Africa, describing the desperation of the situation as it unfolded.
On September 18, he posted a message describing how he has seen some ‘bad things’ and told his friends how ‘unpredictable and fraught with danger life can be’.
The message appeared on the page: ‘man oh man i have seen some bad things in the last two weeks of my life. how unpredictable and fraught with danger life can be. how in some parts of the world, basic levels of help and assistance that we take for granted completely don’t exist for many people. the raw coldness of deprivation and the potential for true darkness that exists in the human experience. i hope that humanity can figure out how we can take care of each other and our world. simple, soft aspiration for all my brothers and sisters on this earth who suffer the elements and the cold. may we all be free, loved, and tended to.. ‘
Source: DailyMail UK