NBC News cameraman has Ebola, network reports

Posted at 9:36 PM, Oct 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-02 21:38:36-04

(CNN) — An American cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, the network reported Thursday.

He will return to the United States for treatment.

The freelance cameraman, 33, was hired Tuesday and came down with symptoms on Wednesday, NBC News reported. The network said it was withholding his name at his family’s request.

“We are doing everything we can to get him the best care possible. He will be flown back to the United States for treatment at a medical center that is equipped to handle Ebola patients,” NBC News President Deborah Turness reportedly said in a note to staff.

“We are also taking all possible measures to protect our employees and the general public,” she said.

According to NBC News, he was hired to be a second cameraman for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News chief medical editor and correspondent.

How the Ebola virus spreads

“The rest of the crew, including Dr. Nancy, are being closely monitored and show no symptoms or warning signs. However, in an abundance of caution, we will fly them back on a private charter flight and then they will place themselves under quarantine in the United States for 21 days — which is at the most conservative end of the spectrum of medical guidance,” Turness said in her note.

The cameraman is believed to be the fourth American stricken by the disease while in Liberia.

Dr. Rick Sacra, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol all contracted the disease while working in the country. Each has recovered.