Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

An ambulance transports Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, to the Nebraska Medical Center's specialized isolation unit Monday, Oct 6, 2014 in Omaha, Neb., where he will be treated for the deadly disease. Mukpo is an American video journalist as a freelance cameraman for NBC News when he became ill last week. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha hospital says an American video journalist is free of Ebola and will be released soon.

The Nebraska Medical Center said Tuesday afternoon that Ashoka Mukpo’s blood tested negative for the virus. He will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit Wednesday.

Mukpo said in a statement that recovering from Ebola “is a truly humbling feeling.” He also made several comments on Twitter.

Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, has been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center since Oct. 6. He contracted Ebola while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets.

He had tweeted that he’s still not sure exactly how he caught the virus, but that he doesn’t regret returning to Liberia in September to “help raise the alarm.”

 

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