The cameraman who contracted Ebola while working with NBC News in Liberia has been declared free of the virus, the Nebraska Medical Center said on Tuesday. Ashoka Mukpo has been receiving treatment at the center’s biocontainment unit since Oct. 6 after being transported out of Liberia. The 33-year-old will be allowed to leave the hospital on Wednesday, according to NBC News.
Here’s more on the good news from NBC News:
A blood test confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Mukpo, 33 — one of eight Americans to have been diagnosed with Ebola — no longer has the virus in his bloodstream, the hospital said. It said he's free to head home to Rhode Island. "Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling," the hospital quoted Mukpo as saying. "Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I've been. I'm very happy to be alive."
Just got my results. 3 consecutive days negative. Ebola free and feeling so blessed. I fought and won, with lots of help. Amazing feeling— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 21, 2014
The knowledge that there's no more virus in my blood is a profound relief. I'm so lucky. Wish everyone who got sick could feel this.— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 21, 2014
The medical center also took to Twitter to celebrate the news.
Nebraska 2, Ebola 0! A CDC-confirmed negative blood test shows that our patient, Ashoka Mukpo is EBOLA… http://t.co/XgsulYHM7R— Nebraska Medicine (@NebraskaMed) October 21, 2014
"The first Ebola patient treated in Omaha, 52-year-old Dr. Rick Sacra, also contracted the virus in Liberia,” according to the Lincoln Star-Herald. “He was treated in the Nebraska Med Center’s biocontainment unit from Sept. 5 through Sept. 25.”