Ebola Strikes American NBC News Journalist (VIDEO)
An NBC News freelance television writer and cameraman (33) working on site in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola. The network will fly him back to the U.S. for treatment on Sunday, his father told the Wall Street Journal.
The man’s father found out that his son was infected with the Ebola virus on Thursday,
“He called me and said, ‘Dad, you’ve got to call me right away. I think I’m in trouble.'”
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Doctors are monitoring the entire news crew, and none of them shows any sign of the virus. They are flying back to the U.S., too, where they will go into quarantine.
He was hired Tuesday as second cameraman for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Editor and Correspondent. NBC has three additional employees on the Ebola outbreak assignment in Monrovia, which is the capital city of Liberia.
The man came down with the usual symptoms of abdominal pain, fatigue, a low fever and overall muscle aches. Physicians diagnosed him on Wednesday. He makes the fourth U.S. Ebola victim in Liberia. As soon as the man felt sick, he quarantined himself and called the doctor.
According to NBC he went to a Doctors Without Borders treatment center for tests. In less than 12 hours, the positive result was returned.
One person in the U.S. has come down with the Ebola virus after traveling here from Liberia. The patient diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas has been identified as Thomas Eric Duncan NBC news has confirmed.
He took a United Airlines flight to Brussels on to Washington, D. C. Then he connected with another United Airlines flight to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.100 people have been exposed to the virus through contact with him or his family members in Dallas. These people are under a watch for 21 days.
According to Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles, the five children attend four schools. The buildings will remain open but they will be carefully cleaned. The schools are,
Dan D. Rogers Elementary School, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, Sam Tasby Middle School and Emmett J. Conrad High.
Experts say there is no need for fear, since Ebola is quite difficult to catch. A person must come in contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids then touch their own eyes or mouth or an open wound.