Ebola outbreak: NBC reporter Nancy Snyderman apologises after breaking quarantine 'to go and pick up takeaway order'

Dr Nancy Snyderman was spotted outside a restaurant in New Jersey

Helen Lock
Tuesday 14 October 2014 13:37
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Dr Nancy Snyderman reporting in Liberia
Dr Nancy Snyderman reporting in Liberia

A reporter for NBC News has apologised for breaking a voluntary Ebola quarantine after a cameraman in her team contracted the virus.

Nancy Snyderman, the network's Chief Medical Editor, was allegedly seen sitting in car outside the Peasant Grill restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey, while a man with her collected a takeaway order. The local media Planet Princeton reported the sightings.

Dr Snyderman was meant to be under voluntary 21-day isolation and the New Jersey Health Department has now issued a mandatory quarantine order for her and her team.

A freelance cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo working for NBC in Liberia contracted Ebola and was diagnosed on 1 October. Mukpo and the news team were then flown back to the US and he has been treated in the Nebraska Medical Center where he has improved and is reportedly symptom-free.

In a statement released to NBC news Dr Snyderman said: "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 has passed.

And he tweeted: “Now that I’ve had first hand exp with the scourge of a disease, I’m even more pained at how little care sick west Africans are receiving.”

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