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NBC News Freelancer in Africa diagnosed with Ebola

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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. 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.
KHQ.com - NBC News has confirmed an American freelance cameraman working for NBC in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola and will be flown back to the United States for treatment. 

NBC said the infected freelancer was hired on Tuesday to be a second cameraman for NBC News Chief Medical Editor and Correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman. The cameraman is with three other NBC News employees on assignment reporting on the Ebola outbreak. 

The freelancer came down with symptoms on Wednesday and reported feeling tired and achy, with a slight fever during a routine check. He was immediately quarantined. The unidentified 33-year-old man was tested Thursday morning and his results came back positive 12 hours later. 

He is now the fourth American to have contracted Ebola in Liberia. American aid workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were infected in July. Last month, Dr. Rick Sacra was diagnosed with the virus after working at a local hospital in Liberia. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan is currently being treated for Ebola at a hospital in Dallas, TX.

NBC News President Deborah Turness released this statement shortly after the diagnosis was announced: 

All:

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.

Deborah


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