Dr. Nancy Snyderman Violates Her Quarantine
Dr. Nancy Snyderman Issues an Apology After Violating Her Ebola Quarantine
NBC's chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, has issued a statement after she was caught violating her voluntary quarantine over the weekend. Nancy and her NBC crew took part in the voluntary quarantine at the suggestion of the Center for Disease Control after their cameraman Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola while filming a segment with her in Liberia. Nancy, her crew, and Ashoka returned to the US last week, but Nancy and two of her crew members were spotted in public shortly after their return. The news first broke when Nancy, who regularly appears on Today and NBC news shows, was spotted picking up a takeout order at a restaurant in her hometown of Princeton, NJ. In a statement, Nancy 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 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 is getting better and our thoughts continue to be with the thousands affected by Ebola whose stories we all went to cover."
Nancy and her crew's mandatory quarantine will be in effect until Oct. 22. Ashoka is currently being treated at the Nebraska Medical Center, where he recently received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, the American who contracted the disease while working for a missionary organization in Monrovia.
Fear of Ebola's spread in the US has increased over the past week after it was revealed that a nurse contracted the disease while treating Eric Duncan in Dallas, TX, making her the first person to catch Ebola while in the USA.