NBC Cameraman has tested positive for Ebola.
According to recent reports, an American NBC cameraman working in Liberia recently tested positive for Ebola today and will be flown to the United States for treatment. The rest of the NBC crew are currently being monitored and will be kept in quarantine.
The 33-year-old cameraman became tired and achy Wednesday and later discovered he was running a slight fever. On Thursday, he checked himself into a hospital and tested positive for the virus.
The Washington Post’s health editor ran a story discussing how easy it could be for anyone to get infected while covering the story in Liberia.
You don’t touch anyone in Liberia. Not kids, not adults, not other Westerners, not the colleagues you arrived with. It is the rule of rules, because while everyone able is taking precautions, you just can’t be sure where the invisible, lethal Ebola virus might be. Once the virus is on your fingers, it would be frighteningly easy to rub an eye and infect yourself.
Maintaining that constant vigilance, especially while wearing long sleeves and pouring sweat in the Liberian humidity, is mentally taxing. As is watching the virus’s mounting toll day after day. It’s almost impossible not to slip. Once I put my hand on a slim wood railing on the path to the entrance of Brown’s treatment center. “Don’t touch that,” he said quickly but calmly. “Come, wash your hands.” I spent a while at the chlorine keg, rubbing the liquid into my skin.
Recently, another individual in America has been found exhibiting symptoms of Ebola. The White House announced Friday that senior administration officials will hold a briefing on the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola pandemic at 3:30 p.m.