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

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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