WASHINGTON, October 3 (RIA Novosti) - Another US citizen infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, will be transported to the United States on Sunday to receive treatment there, his mother told WBZ-TV channel on Friday.
33-year old Ashika Mukpo, a freelance NBC News cameraman has been working with the network’s top medical correspondent, covering the events in Liberia.
“At one point he was trying to help decontaminate a car. He had most of the protective gear on, but he thinks something might have splashed on his body at that point. That’s one possibility, but really, one doesn’t know fully,” Mukpo’s mother told WBZ-TV.
Mukpo is the fourth American known to have contracted the disease in Liberia.
As a precaution, the production team working with Mukpo has been obliged to return to the United States and enter a 21-day quarantine.
Three US doctors have already been infected with Ebola in Liberia.
This week, the first Ebola case inside the US was confirmed, and the patient has been hospitalized in Texas.
The worst Ebola outbreak in history started in February in Guinea and quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Nigeria.
According to the latest WHO estimates, the Ebola death toll has risen to over 3,300 since the epidemic started.
There is no officially approved medication for the disease. However, several countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan, are currently working on vaccines.
The World Health Organization concluded on August 12 that it was ethical to use experimental drugs to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus.