The entire news team will be flown back to the United States and placed in quarantine
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.
NBC News President Deborah Turness said yesterday (Oct 2) 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.”
The cameraman has been working in Liberia for three years.
He began feeling tired and achy on Wednesday (Oct 1) and discovered he had a slight fever.
He went to a treatment centre yesterday to be tested.
Turness says none of the other NBC employees has shown any symptoms or warning signs of Ebola infection.
A leading charity warned yesterday that there were now five new cases of Ebola every hour in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
Save the Children said there were 765 new cases of the deadly virus reported in the West African state last week, while there are only 327 beds in the country.
Earlier this month, Britain said it would build facilities for 700 new beds in Sierra Leone but the first of these will not be ready for weeks, and the rest may take months.
It is the world’s worst outbreak of the virus, killing 3,338 people so far.
There have been 7,178 confirmed cases, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea suffering the most.
Save the Children says Ebola is spreading across Sierra Leone at a “terrifying rate”, with the number of new cases being recorded doubling every few weeks.
“We’re in a race against time,” said Justin Forsyth, the organisation’s chief executive told the BBC.
Safety trials for two experimental vaccines are under way in the UK and US, the World Health Organisation said yesterday (Oct 1), and will be expanded to 10 sites in Africa, Europe and North America in the coming weeks.
It said it expected to begin small-scale use of the experimental vaccines in West Africa early next year.