NBC News said chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman will return to the network next month, with the decision coming after she came under fire for violating a 21-day Ebola quarantine period, reports TVNewser.
In an email, NBC News President Deborah Turness wrote, “I am very pleased to share that, as of tonight, the 21-day quarantine period of Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the team will be over, which means they have cleared the range of time when Ebola symptoms typically appear (the range can be between 2-21 days after exposure but the average time symptoms appear is between 8-10 days). They remain healthy and symptom-free, which is a great relief to all.”
While reporting in Liberia, Snyderman’s cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, contracted Ebola, although he has since recovered.
The Washington Post notes, “The memo is newsworthy because Snyderman was spotted this month straying from her voluntary quarantine and waiting for an acquaintance to grab some takeout food from a restaurant in Princeton, N.J., where she resides. Following the revelations, first published in Planet Princeton, the quarantine became mandatory for the crew members.”
The quarantine violation raised questions about how the network would deal with Snyderman once the quarantine had ended, the Post adds.
Turness wrote earlier: “We have encouraged them — and they have agreed — to take some time off with their families and friends to help restore some normalcy to their lives. We very much look forward to their return next month.”
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