Washington : A 33-year-old American working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC News has been infected with Ebola and will be flown back to the United States, the network has said, reports AFP.
“The freelancer came down with symptoms on Wednesday, feeling tired and achy. As part of a routine temperature check, he discovered he was running a slight fever,” said NBC’s website. “He immediately quarantined himself and sought medical advice.”
The man, who was only hired on Tuesday, went to a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) treatment center to be tested, and the positive result came back just under 12 hours later.
He was a second cameraman for NBC News chief medical editor and correspondent Dr Nancy Snyderman, who is reporting on assignment in Monrovia with three other NBC employees. He is the fourth American to have contracted Ebola in Liberia. The other three were Christian missionaries who became infected in healthcare settings.
Liberia to prosecute Ebola patient for lying under oath: Liberian authorities will take legal action against a citizen infected with the Ebola virus for lying under oath, a media report said Friday. Thomas Eric Duncan is currently being treated in the US following his arrival on a flight from Liberia in September. Liberian authorities asserted that Duncan will be prosecuted upon his return for lying under oath when he was asked at an airport checkpoint before heading to the US if he had been in contact with an Ebola patient.
Liberia’s Deputy Information Minister Isaac W. Jackson accused Duncan of negligent conduct and endangering the lives of others despite being aware of what he was doing.