NBC cameraman tests positive for Ebola in Liberia

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 03, 2014 17:30 hrs

An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment.

The network identified the freelance cameraman on its website as 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo (uh-SHOH'-kuh MOOK'-poh).

NBC News President Deborah Turness said Thursday the rest of the NBC News crew including medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman will be flown back to the U.S. and placed in quarantine for 21 days "in an abundance of caution."

Mukpo has been working in Liberia for three years and covering the Ebola epidemic. He began shooting for the network Tuesday.

He began feeling tired and achy Wednesday and discovered he had a slight fever. He went to a treatment center Thursday to be tested.