NBC News' Nancy Snyderman Apologizes for Violating Ebola Quarantine Guidelines
The medical correspondent and three crewmembers were quarantined Saturday as a result
NBC chief medical editor and correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman apologized for violating quarantine guidelines after traveling to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak.
During the trip, Ashoka Mukpo, a 33-year-old NBC News freelance cameraman, was diagnosed with the Ebola virus, but Snyderman and three other crewmembers remained symptomless. On Oct. 11, Snyderman and those crewmembers were put under quarantine by the New Jersey Department of Health, which said they violated an agreement to quarantine themselves for 21 days after returning to the United States.
“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," said a statement from Snyderman, which Brian Williams read on NBC Nightly News.
"We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal," the statement continued. “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. We are thrilled that Ashoka is getting better and our thoughts continue to be with the thousands affected by Ebola whose stories we all went to cover.”
Also on Monday, Mukpo used Twitter to share an update on his progress.
Back on twitter, feeling like I'm on the road to good health. Will be posting some thoughts this week. Endless gratitude for the good vibes.— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 13, 2014
Now that I've had first hand exp with this scourge of a disease, I'm even more pained at how little care sick west Africans are receiving— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 13, 2014
Mukpo was diagnosed while in Liberia and returned to the U.S. for treatment on Oct. 5.