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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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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital, where he will be treated for the deadly disease.

Ashoka Mukpo, 33, arrived by ambulance Monday at the Nebraska Medical Center, where he will be kept in a specialized biocontainment unit built specifically to handle this type of illness.

Mukpo was working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC News when he became ill last week. He is the fifth American sickened with Ebola to return to the U.S. for treatment during the latest outbreak, which the World Health Organization estimates has killed more than 3,400 people.

Meanwhile, a Liberian man with Ebola who started showing symptoms while visiting the U.S. is in critical condition at a Dallas hospital.

Mukpo's father, Dr. Mitchell Levy, told NBC Sunday that his son was "counting the minutes" until he could leave Liberia, but that he was not feeling that ill Sunday. Levy said the family was travelling from Rhode Island to Nebraska.

Doctors at the isolation unit - the largest of four in the U.S. - will evaluate Mukpo before determining how to treat him. They said they will apply the lessons learned while treating American aid worker Rick Sacra, who was allowed to return home to Massachusetts after three weeks, on Sept. 25.

Sacra received an experimental Tekmira Pharmaceuticals drug called TKM-Ebola, as well as two blood transfusions from another American aid worker who recovered from Ebola at an Atlanta hospital. The transfusions are believed to help a patient fight off the virus because the survivor's blood carries antibodies for the disease. Sacra also received supportive care, including IV fluids and aggressive electrolyte management.

Sacra was admitted to UMass Memorial Medical Center on Saturday after he came in complaining about a cough and low-grade fever and was put in isolation as a precaution. The hospital said weekend test results came back negative for Ebola, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that Sacra's symptoms weren't caused by the virus.

In Dallas, another man who recently traveled to the U.S. from Liberia was listed in critical condition Sunday. Thomas Eric Duncan has been hospitalized at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sept. 28. Dr. Tom Frieden, the CDC's director, said he was aware that Duncan's health had "taken a turn for the worse," but he declined to describe Duncan's condition further.

The virus that causes Ebola is not airborne and can only be spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids - blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen - of an infected person who is showing symptoms.

Duncan arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 and fell ill a few days later. Officials say 10 people definitely had close contact with Duncan and a further 38 may have been around him when he was showing symptoms of the disease.


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