American cameraman with Ebola flown home

American cameraman with Ebola flown home

A US man who contracted Ebola while working as a freelance cameraman in Liberia has been flown back to his home country for treatment.

A specially equipped plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, 33, has landed in Nebraska, where he will be treated.

It landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha shortly before 8am local time, having left Liberia yesterday evening and stopped in Maine to refuel.

Mr Mukpo was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC News when he became ill last week. He will be treated at the Nebraska Medical Centre’s specialist isolation unit.

He is the fifth American to return to the US after contracting Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa. A Liberian man with Ebola who started showing symptoms while visiting Dallas is in hospital in critical condition.

The World Health Organization estimates this outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people.

Federal health officials said the US is weighing whether to institute extra screening at airports where travellers from Ebola-stricken African nations may be arriving.

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said “discussion is under way right now” and “all options are being looked at”.

He told CNN the question was whether “the extra level of screening is going to be worth the resources you need to put into it”.

Dr Tom Frieden of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, says officials are looking at options “to see what we can do to increase safety of all Americans”.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to get an update on Ebola outbreak this afternoon.

In Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan has been at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since September 28 and was said to be in a critical condition yesterday.

Dr Tom Frieden, director of the federal Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said he was aware that Mr Duncan’s health had “taken a turn for the worse”.

More on this topic

UN says Ebola not yet a global emergencyUN says Ebola not yet a global emergency

VIDEO: Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey visited school day before hospital readmissionVIDEO: Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey visited school day before hospital readmission

Soldiers coming home from Ebola-hit Sierra LeoneSoldiers coming home from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

Three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone in bid to stamp out EbolaThree-day lockdown in Sierra Leone in bid to stamp out Ebola

More in this Section

Johnson pleaded ‘we need ventilators’, says Donald TrumpJohnson pleaded ‘we need ventilators’, says Donald Trump

NHS to send ‘check-in text’ to those with suspected Covid-19NHS to send ‘check-in text’ to those with suspected Covid-19

Boy, 14, charged with spitting at woman in UK during coronavirus crisisBoy, 14, charged with spitting at woman in UK during coronavirus crisis

Trump considers quarantine of New York, New Jersey and ConnecticutTrump considers quarantine of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut


Lifestyle

Carol O’Callaghan sets out to prove how in the right hands items like discarded chairs can be transformedRecycling old chairs? Here's some practical advice from Cork experts

People and their businesses find themselves in an unprecedented moment.Designs for life: How designers are responding to the Covid-19 crisis

Spring is here and with it every reason to get out of the house and start planting veggies with the children. No garden? Not to worry, a large flower pot or plastic tub will produce plenty of edible greens. Helen O’Callaghan reportsWatering can-do: Veggie growing with the children

More From The Irish Examiner