Ebola Nightmare Developing: Another American Infected, Fears Escalate

Ebola news is breaking fast and furious. An American cameraman in Liberia working for NBC News has tested positive for Ebola.

Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was just hired Tuesday and will be flown to University of Nebraska for treatment on Sunday.

A post on his Facebook page is chilling: 

NBC News Chief Medical Editor and Correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman said Mukpo "should have a very good prognosis." She added: "The amount of virus in his body is low."

Other concerning Ebola news includes: 

Texas Nightmare - Apartment Quarantine 

The Texas Ebola infected patient, Thomas Duncan, stayed with his girlfriend before being hospitalized. The girlfriend, her 13-year-old son and two nephews in their 20s are quarantined and unable to leave the apartment where he was staying. 

Possible Additional Infections Of  Up To 100 More?

Texas officials have revealed that as many as 100 people may have come into contact with Duncan. The startling announcement came on the heels of the news that five schoolchildren had come into contact with the Ebola patient. Authorities explained they are casting a wide net in order to make sure no one goes untreated so any potential outbreak can be immediately contained.

Cleaning Infected Areas Difficult 

It's been difficult to find a contractor willing to enter the Texas apartment to clean it and remove bedding and clothes. The Texas health commissioner, Dr. David Lakey, told reporters during a news conference that officials had encountered “a little bit of hesitancy” in seeking a firm to clean the apartment.

Officials Won't Comment On Disposal Procedures Of Infected Items 

Neither the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services nor the CDC has responded to questions about the disposal procedures of the Ebola patient’s vomit. Infectious fluids noted in CDC literature include saliva, feces, urine, blood, and vomit.

Cutting Off Travel Won't Help 

On Thursday, CDC director Tom Friedan told reporters that aside from being "simple and wrong," quick fixes like isolation will make it even harder to get help into the countries that need it. All isolation will do, said Frieden, is "enable the disease to spread more widely" in the most affected countries, which will in turn create "more potential for it to spread elsewhere and become more of a problem."

As for the newly infected American, NBC News President Deborah Turness wrote in a statement today: 

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. We are consulting with the CDC, Medicins Sans Frontieres and others. And we are working with Dr. Nancy on the ground in Liberia.


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