Dr. Nancy Snyerman’s team couldn’t contain itself.
New Jersey health officials ordered a mandatory quarantine for the NBC News crew that worked alongside an Ebola-infected cameraman after the group violated the terms of its self-confine agreement.
The group, which includes the network’s chief medical correspondent, was asked to isolate itself for 21 days — Ebola’s incubation period — after their colleague Ashoka Mukpo was diagnosed with the virus earlier this month.
But on Friday night, they were all placed in a mandatory quarantine.
It’s not clear which team member violated the order.
The group was reporting on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia when Mukpo was diagnosed with the virus on Oct. 1 — a day after he was hired into Snyderman’s team. The Rhode Island native was airlifted to Nebraska for treatment earlier this week.
None of the crew members shows symptoms of the virus, but they were asked to keep out of contact with others once they arrived back in New Jersey.
Ashoka Mukpo via Facebook Mukpo is a Rhode Island native. Mitchell Levy/REUTERS He was airlifted to Nebraska for treatment.
“While they are deemed to be at low risk, we have agreed with state and local health authorities that our team will not come to work, and they will stay at home taking their temperatures twice daily and staying in touch with the local health authorities,” NBC News President Deborah Turness wrote in a Tuesday letter.
Someone on the team broke that CDC-broker deal this week, New Jersey’s Health Department said Friday.
“Unfortunately, the NBC crew violated this agreement and so the Department of Health today issued a mandatory quarantine order to ensure that the crew will remain confined until Oct. 22,” the state said in a statement.
James R. Burnett/AP Mukpo is loaded into an ambulance Monday after arriving in Omaha. SAIT SERKAN GURBUZ/REUTERS He is in isolation at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. John Moore/Getty Images Since the March onset of the outbreak, 8399 people have developed the disease. John Moore/Getty Images The 2014 Ebola outbreak is concentrated in three West African countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is concentrated in three West African countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Smaller outbreaks have been reported in Senegal and Nigeria.
Since the March onset of the outbreak, 8399 people have developed the disease. At least 4033 of those cases were fatal, the World Health organization reported.
With News Wire Services