​Nancy Snyderman Ebola: NBC Chief Medical Editor Breaks Quarantine

Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Oct. 14, 2014

NBC reporter Dr. Nancy Snyderman violated her Ebola quarantine after she was reportedly seen at a restaurant.

Nancy Snyderman and the NBC News crew was placed in voluntary quarantine for 21 days after cameraman Ashoka Mukpo was stricken with Ebola in Liberia. Mukpo tweeted Monday that he’s “on the road to good health.” But the New Jersey Health Department learned that NBC’s chief medical editor wore sun glasses with her hair pulled-back as she picked up a takeout order from the Peasant Grill.

The 62-year-old was spotted sitting in her car outside the Hopewell, N.J. establishment on Thursday afternoon. A man with her picked up the takeout order. NBC has not responded to the report.

However, Nancy Snyderman has apologized for violating a voluntary Ebola quarantine after returning to the United States from covering the deadly virus in Liberia.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Willams read a statement from her addressing the issue on Monday’s broadcast.

“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 have passed. We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal … As a health professional, I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused. We are thrilled that Ashoka [Mukpo] is getting better and our thoughts continue to be with the thousands affected by Ebola whose stories we all went to cover.”

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those exposed to Ebola develop symptoms anywhere from two to 21 days after coming into contact with the virus.

The New Jersey Department of Health mandated the crew remain quarantined and released the following statement after they learned Nancy Snyderman violated the Ebola quarantine.

“Unfortunately, the NBC crew violated this agreement and so the Department of Health Friday evening issued a mandatory quarantine order to ensure that the crew will remain confined until October 22.”

The rest of the NBC team, including Nancy Snyderman, were asked to isolate themselves for 21 days. The entire NBC News crew was flown back to the U.S. after cameraman Ashoka Mukpo started showing symptoms of the virus on Oct. 1 — one day after being hired. Mukpo was transported to Nebraska Medical Center where he has improved over the last 48 hours and is reportedly symptom-free, the family told NBC News.

Nancy and the three other members of her crew, who had been covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia’s capital, will be quarantined for 21 days upon their return to the United States. One of Nancy’s cameramen contracted the disease shortly after he was hired by NBC. Ashoka had only been working with Nancy and her crew since Sept. 30. He began feeling tired and achy the next day, NBC News reports.

Nancy Snyderman told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Oct. 2 that she “suggested and requested he self-quarantine.” Ashoka went to a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders to be checked for malaria, but tested positive for Ebola. She believes he contracted the disease before he started working for NBC.

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