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FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, a healthcare worker in protective gear sprays disinfectant around the house of a person suspected to have the Ebola virus in Port Loko Community, situated on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone's chief medical officer says another one of the country's doctors has tested positive for Ebola. Dr. Martin Salia, a specialist surgeon at a major hospital in the capital of Freetown, is the sixth Sierra Leonean doctor to become infected in this outbreak. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (C) and his girlfriend Helen Finlay say farewell to Dr. Mitchell Levy after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Dr. Phil Smith, Medical Director of the Biocontainment Unit, laughs while speaking with Ashoka Mukpo (not pictured) after Mukpo was released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (L) listens at Dr. Phil Smith, Medical Director of the Biocontainment Unit, speaks after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (L) shakes hands with nurse Morgan Shradar after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) shakes hands with Dr. Kristina Bailey after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (C) and his girlfriend Helen Finlay say farewell to Dr. Mitchell Levy after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) hugs Biocontainment Unit Nursing Director Shelly Schwedhelm after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) shakes hands with Dr. Craig Piquette after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) shakes hands with respiratory therapist Jean Bellinhausen after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (C) poses for a photo with Dr. Phil Smith, Medical Director of the Biocontainment Unit (L), and Dr. Andre Kalil, infectious diseases specialist (R) after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) shakes hands with Dr. James Sullivan after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: (L-R)Angela Hewlet, MD, and Phil Smith, MD address members of the media about Ashoka Mukpo's release, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting ebola in west Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: (L-R)Angela Hewlet, MD, Phil Smith, MD, and Shelly Schedhelm, MD, address members of the media about Ashoka Mukpo's release, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting ebola in west Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: (L-R)Angela Hewlet, MD, Phil Smith, MD, and Shelly Schedhelm, MD, address members of the media about Ashoka Mukpo's release, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting ebola in west Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: Dr. Mitchell Levy, father of an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, speaks to members of the media at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: Diana Mukpo listens during a press conference with members of the media about the condition of her son Ashoka Mukpo, an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: Dr. Bradley Britigan speaks to members of the media about the condition of Ashoka Mukpo, an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: Dr. Rosanna Morris CEO and Chief of Nursing, speaks to members of the media about an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: An ambulance carrying an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, arrives at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: An ambulance carrying an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, arrives at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: An ambulance carrying an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, arrives at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Dr. Ali Khan, Dean of the College of Public Health at the Nebraska Medical Center, speaks during a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, to discuss Ebola patient, journalist Ashoka Mukpo, who is expected to arrive from Liberia at the Medical Center on Monday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Dr. Ali Khan, left, Dean of the College of Public Health at the Nebraska Medical Center speaks during a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, to discuss Ebola patient, journalist Ashoka Mukpo, who is expected to arrive from Liberia at the Medical Center on Monday. Rosanna Morris, Chief Nursing officer, listens at right/ (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Dr. Ali Khan, left, Dean of the College of Public Health at the Nebraska Medical Center speaks during a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, to discuss Ebola patient, journalist Ashoka Mukpo, who is expected to arrive from Liberia at the Medical Center on Monday. Rosanna Morris, Chief Nursing officer, listens at right. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
A health worker takes a patient's temperature on October 1, 2014 at MSF's (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. Liberia has been hit the hardest by the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people in west Africa. The latest UN data released on September 27, 2014 said 1,830 people have died from the killer virus in Liberia so far, and 3,458 people have been infected. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)
MONROVIA, LIBERIA - OCTOBER 02: People pass an Ebola awareness mural on October 2, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. More than 3,200 people have died in West Africa due to the epidemic. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, former Medical Director of Samaritan's Purse Ebola Care Center in Monrovia, Liberia, testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education joint hearing on, "Ebola in West Africa: A Global Challenge and Public Health Threat," on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, left, former Medical Director of Samaritan's Purse Ebola Care Center in Monrovia, Liberia, gives a hug to Ishmeal Alfred Charles, right, an aid worker from Sierra Leone, after they both testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education joint hearing on, "Ebola in West Africa: A Global Challenge and Public Health Threat," on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Nancy Writebol describes the journey she and her husband, David, have made as missionaries helping people in Liberia where Nancy contracted the Ebola virus, after a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The couple talked about their service and plans for the future. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Former Ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra arrives to a news conference at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Dr. Sacra who was treated at the medical center the last three weeks has left his room in the biocontainment unit and will head home soon. The CDC confirmed that two separate blood samples taken from Dr. Sacra 24 hours apart show the Ebola virus is no longer in his bloodstream. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Health workers move the body of a fellow health worker who was found dead in a seat, and who they believe passed away from the Ebola virus, at one of the largest hospitals in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
Health workers, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), work inside the high-risk area on September 7, 2014 at Elwa hospital in Monrovia, which is run by the non-governmental French organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders -- MSF). US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired on September 7 the US military would help in the fight against fast-spreading Ebola in Africa, but warned it would be months before the epidemic slowed. The tropical virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has killed 2,100 people in four countries since the start of the year -- more than half of them in Liberia. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - The parents of an American freelance cameraman diagnosed with Ebola said Friday that their son was in good spirits.

"Obviously he is scared and worried," Dr. Mitchell Levy said of his son, Ashoka Mukpo, who was hired Tuesday to be the second cameraman in Liberia for NBC's chief medical editor and correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman.

Mukpo has been "seeing the death and tragedy and now it really hit home for him. But his spirits are better today," added Levy, who appeared on NBC's Today show with his wife, Diana Mukpo.

Their 33-year-old son was being treated in the Liberian capital of Monrovia and was scheduled to return to the United States during the weekend for treatment, his mother said.

"I think the enormous anxiety that I have as a mother or that we share as parents is the delay between now and him leaving on Sunday," she said, adding she hopes his symptoms do not worsen rapidly. The couple lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Snyderman and her team also were returning to the U.S. and being placed in quarantine for 21 days "in an abundance of caution," NBC News President Deborah Turness said Thursday.

In a phone interview with "Today" on Friday, Snyderman said all the gear she and her crew used was being disinfected because they all shared work space and vehicles.

She believes she and her team were at a low risk because they have been "hyper-vigilant."

Mukpo has been working in Liberia for three years for Vice News and other media outlets.

Before the Ebola outbreak, he had been doing nonprofit development work in Liberia, said Philip Marcelo, a Boston-based Associated Press reporter who met Ashoka Mukpo last year while on assignment in Liberia for The Providence Journal.

Marcelo said Mukpo was a researcher for the Sustainable Development Institute, a Liberia-based nonprofit shining light on concerns of workers in mining camps outside Monrovia.

"He really was into the culture," Marcelo said. "He seemed to have a lot of passion for it."

ABC News said Levy issued a statement saying his son has been involved in human rights works in West Africa for the last several years and was aware of the risks. But he felt compelled to go back to Liberia when the Ebola crisis erupted.

"Doctors are optimistic about his prognosis," Levy said.



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