US journo with Ebola on way home

2014-10-06 05:52
Ebola bed. (AFP)

Ebola bed. (AFP)

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Omaha, Nebraska - An American photojournalist who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa has begun his journey home for treatment.

Ashoka Mukpo will be the second Ebola patient to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Centre's specialised isolation unit. Hospital officials said they expected an Ebola patient to arrive on Monday, but declined to provide a name.

The 33-year-old Mukpo was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC in Liberia last week when he became ill. NBC reported on Sunday that Mukpo is en route to Nebraska for treatment. Mukpo's family said on Friday he is going to Omaha.

Mukpo is the fifth American to be evacuated to the United States for treatment since the start of the Ebola outbreak, which the World Health Organisation says has killed more than 3 400 people.

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