Thursday 19 October 2017

NBC journalist apologises for breaking quarantine after cameraman contracted ebola

A TV journalist has apologised for reportedly breaking a compulsory quarantine after a cameraman contracted ebola.

NBC's medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman issued a public apology on the network's Nightly News broadcast last night, was among a team of reporters under a 21-day quarantine after their coverage in Liberia.

Snyderman was in Liberia covering the ebola outbreak and their freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo was diagnosed with the deadly disease. He's currently recovering in Nebraska and receiving an experimental treatment.

A 21-day incubation period is now mandatory for all those

"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," anchor Brian Williams read on her behalf. "We are thrilled that Ashoka (Mukpo) is getting better and our thoughts continue to be with the thousands affected by Ebola whose stories we all went to cover.

"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.

It was reported that the veteran journalist visited a restaurant to pick up a food delivery in hew native New Jersey and the state's health department issued a now-compulsory quarantine after a local paper reported Ms Snyderman at the restaurant.

The camera man has since posted a message on Facebook, saying how grateful he was for the support of his friends and family and that he's unclear as to where he 'slipped up' and was exposed.

A 21-day incubation period is now mandatory for all those who travel to countries affected by the virus.

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