Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC has apologized for breaching voluntary quarantine after being exposed to the Ebola virus in Liberia.
Along with her team, NBC’s chief medical editor was placed under quarantine after Ashoko Mukpo, a cameraman hired to work with her in Africa, was diagnosed with Ebola.
“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,” Snyderman said in a statement read by anchor Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News.
Snyderman and two members of her crew were allegedly spotted in public last week while picking up a takeout order, according to a report on Planet Princeton.
“We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. 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,” the statement concluded.
The quarantine is in effect until Oct. 22.
In related news Tuesday morning, a United Nations employee infected with Ebola died at a hospital in Leipzig, Germany. Doctors there said the man, 56, died despite receiving experimental drugs to treat the virus.
The patient, who had been active in Liberia, had been treated in an isolation ward in the city’s St. Georg Hospital since last Thursday. The hospital is expected to issue a detailed statement later on Tuesday.
For more information on Ebola, go to www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.