Updated 08:00 a.m. Moscow Time
MOSCOW, October 3 (RIA Novosti) – Another US national, an NBC News TV channel reporter in Liberia, covering the outbreak of Ebola in the region, was diagnosed with the deadly virus, the news channel has reported.
According to the TV channel, a 33 year-old infected man was hired Tuesday by NBC News as an assistant to a cameraman, covering the outbreak of Ebola in Liberian capital Monrovia and felt the symptoms of the virus on Wednesday.
ABC TV channel with reference to the father of the infected reporter called his name – Ashoka Mukpo.
"Ashoka is being evacuated to the USA where he will receive the best possible treatment. The doctors are optimistic about his prognosis," the news channel quoted the reporter's father as saying.
Other members of the NBC News crew will also be evacuated to the United States, where they will be kept in quarantine for three weeks.
"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 quoted the channel's President Deborah Turness as saying.
Earlier, three US doctors got infected with Ebola in Liberia. Also, a US national Thomas Eric Duncan diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, Texas, returned to the United Stated from a trip to Liberia.
The worst Ebola outbreak in history is currently taking place in West Africa. The epidemic has claimed the lives of over 3,000 people according to the latest WHO estimates. The outbreak began in southern Guinea in February and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.