NBC Cameraman To Be Released After Being Cured Of Ebola
The NBC freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while on assignment in Liberia has been released from a hospital in Nebraska:
Ashoka Mukpo, the cameraman diagnosed with Ebola while working in Liberia as a freelancer for NBC News, has been declared free of the virus and will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on Wednesday, the hospital said Tuesday.
A blood test confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Mukpo, 33 — one of eight Americans to have been diagnosed with Ebola — no longer has the virus in his bloodstream, the hospital said. It said he’s free to head home to Rhode Island. “Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling,” the hospital quoted Mukpo as saying. “Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I’ve been. I’m very happy to be alive.”
Mukpo announced his status in a tweet:
Just got my results. 3 consecutive days negative. Ebola free and feeling so blessed. I fought and won, with lots of help. Amazing feeling
— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 21, 2014
In other good news, Nina Pham, one of the two nurses who was infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, seems to be on the road to recovery herself:
Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who was infected with Ebola while caring for a Liberian man who died this month, has been upgraded to good condition, the National Institutes of Health said Tuesday.
Pham, 26, had been listed in fair condition since she was flown Thursday to a special NIH clinical studies unit in Maryland from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where she and a second nurse tested positive for the virus after Thomas Eric Duncan died Oct. 8. The NIH said it would release no further information, but it said Pham was grateful “for everyone’s concerns and well wishes.”
There is presently no status update on the other nurse, Amber Ray Vinson, who is being treated at Emory University in Atlanta, but it does seem like things are proceeding in the right direction for both women, which is good news.