NBC News cameraman has Ebola, will be flown back to U.S. for treatment
LIBERIA, Africa – An American freelance cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola and will be flown back to the United States for treatment.
According to NBC News, the infected freelancer was hired Tuesday to be a second cameraman for NBC News Chief Medical Editor and Correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman.
NBC News President Deborah Turness said in a note to staff the camera man has worked in Liberia for the past three years and has recently been covering the Ebola epidemic for United States media outlets.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman and three other NBC News employees have been in contact with the cameraman and will be flown to the U.S. on a private plane and will place themselves under quarantine for at least 21 days.
NBC News reports the freelancer came down with symptoms on Wednesday.
“The good news is this young man, our colleague, was admitted very, very early,” Snyderman told Rachel Maddow Thursday evening. “He’s in good spirits.”
Below is the full text of Tunress’ note to NBC News staff.
As you know, Dr. Nancy Snyderman and our news team are in Liberia covering the Ebola outbreak. One of the members of their crew is an American freelance cameraman who has worked in Liberia for the past three years and has recently been covering the epidemic for US media outlets. On Tuesday he began working with our team. Today, he tested positive for Ebola.
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, Medicins 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.
We know you share our concern for our colleagues and we will continue to keep you up to date and informed. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or David Verdi with any questions.