A freelance cameraman for NBC News who has tested positive for the Ebola virus “should have a very good prognosis,” while medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman and other NBC News staffers who have been working with him “are at very very very low risk of becoming ill,” Snyderman said during an interview on the network’s “Today” program Friday.
NBC News said the infected freelancer was hired Tuesday to be a second cameraman for Snyder, the unit’s chief medical editor and correspondent. Snyderman and three other NBC News employees have been on assignment in Monrovia, Liberia, reporting on the Ebola outbreak. The freelancer came down with symptoms on Wednesday, feeling tired and achy. He immediately quarantined himself and sought medical advice.
“He’s with Doctors Without Borders and he will be airlifted out to a medical center in the United States. But he’s good. The amount of virus in his body is low,” Snyderman in an interview with “Today’s” Matt Lauer.
Snyderman said the NBC News team had only been in contact with the freelancer for a matter of hours. “We shared a work space. We shared vehicles. We shared equipment. But everyone here is hyper alert we have not been in close proximity. No one shakes hands. There’s no hugging so I do believe that our team, while we are being hyper vigilant. We are at very, very, very low risk of becoming ill,” she said Friday.
The cameraman is being flown back to the United States by NBC News for treatment at a medical center equipped to handle Ebola patients, NBC News said in a statement Thursday night. Snyderman and crew will be flown back via private charter plane and will self-quarantine for a period of 21 days, according to NBC News president Deborah Turness.
The interview was conducted by phone because the unit’s camera equipment had to be disinfected.