NBC News’ Dr. Nancy Snyderman Apologizes for Violating Ebola Quarantine

NBC News' Dr. Nancy Snyderman Apologizes
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Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News’ chief medical correspondent, issued a statement on Monday addressing her violation of a voluntary Ebola quarantine after she covered the deadly virus in Liberia.

Snyderman garnered heavy criticism after she and two of her crew members, all three of whom were under a 21-day quarantine, were spotted at a New Jersey restaurant. Brian Williams read the statement regarding the violation on Monday’s broadcast.

“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. We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal,” the statement said.

“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 [Mukpo] is getting better and our thoughts continue to be with the thousands affected by Ebola whose stories we all went to cover.”

According to reports, Snyderman’s two crew members were spotted getting food at the Peasant Grill near Princeton University while the medical correspondent stayed in the car in the parking lot.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that, while on the Liberia trip, 33-year-old freelance NBC cameraman Mukpo was diagnosed with Ebola.

According to Snyderman’s statement, however, crew members in question have shown no symptoms. She and the crew members were placed under the 21-day quarantine by the New Jersey Department of Health on Oct. 11.

Mukpo posted an update of his condition on Monday as well, saying he feels he’s “on the road to good health.”


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  1. G Campbell says:

    I think it was very poor judgement on all their parts. Nancy Snyderman definately knows better. I challenge –“she knew” they were not sick! Did she do lab testing? Temperature is a symptom, but it takes blood work to make the “real” diagnosis!

  2. If they are asymptomatic they don’t present a risk to anybody,even if they are dumb enough to violate the quarantine. For Ebola to be transmissible you need to exhibit the symptoms. She can be all the arrogant you guys say and I as a microbiology student would not even think of leaving the quarantine, but she’s actually right.

  3. Melanie says:

    How many people were exposed in that restaurant and in her merry little trip to get there? What a dumb ass. Simply total disregard for the safety and health of others. She took an oath to NEVER do that. Does that oath mean anything?

  4. She says she knows she and her crew are symptom free, so why do you think they impose the quarantine, nitwit? She should have her medical license revoked.

  5. S. Inman says:

    Is this woman a licensed medical doctor? If so, she should have her license revoked and
    immediately fired as well as her crew member who entered a public establishment. She\
    obviously tried to escape blame by sending in someone else.

  6. imveryconcerned says:

    This broad should definately be charged with public endangerment. If it were an average citizen it, they would be charged with no question. Really all three of them should be charged because they all knew better. What idiots!

  7. timwopel says:

    she should be charged with endangering the public. she knew exactly what she was doing and did it anyway. criminal at best.

  8. This is a case of pure arrogance on her part.

  9. jo says:

    Is this the example she wants to be setting for the public? Just ignore medical directives and do what you want? How irresponsible!

  10. malibujd44 says:

    She should have been fired on the spot for putting so many people in danger. She was fired from ABC for stupidity also. SHAME ON HER!!!! Its her aggressive reporting that got her camera man infected and probably her whole crew all for a stupid story.

  11. robbie goldstein says:

    They should be immediately fired from the network. Then prosecuted for breaking the NJ Quarantine Law. This is outrageous, arrogant and damn stupid. Who do they think they are? I know I will not watch any segment she does for NBC,

  12. Truth Detective says:

    This is one of the lamest excuses I’ve heard in quite awhile. NBC and Snyderman should be ashamed of themselves. Total irresponsibility on her part and snide response by the network. FAIL.

  13. What do you expect from a news organization that thinks hiring Jon Stewart to anchor “Meet The Press” is a smart move. Question for NBC News Chief, Deborah Turness: What do you plan to do about an MD who seems to violate her Hippocratic oath? If an MD doesn’t set a good example, then who will? This appears to be both medical and journalistic malpractice. Brian Williams should not report this story on “NBC Slightly (sic) News” the way he reports a story about taking pictures of jets breaking the sound barrier. So ridiculous. Another shameful chapter in the story of Comcast’s version of “NBC SNews (sic).”

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