Freelance cameraman for NBC News diagnosed with Ebola

Freelance cameraman for NBC News diagnosed with Ebola
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A 33-year-old freelance cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia tested positive for Ebola, and will return to the United States for treatment.

On Tuesday, the American was hired as a second cameraman for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News' chief medical editor and correspondent reporting on the outbreak from Monrovia. On Wednesday, the cameraman started to feel tired and achy, NBC News reports, and was found to have a slight fever. He quarantined himself and sought medical attention, and on Thursday, was diagnosed with Ebola.

"The good news is this young man, our colleague, was admitted very, very early," Snyderman said. "He's in good spirits." Snyderman told Rachel Maddow that none of the other members of the team show any symptoms of Ebola. They will be flown home on a private charter flight and will place themselves under quarantine for 21 days once they are back in the United States.

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The cameraman, whose name is not being released, has worked in Liberia for three years on different projects. He will be the fifth American infected with Ebola and evacuated from West Africa.

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