US journalist heads for home after recovering from Ebola


OMAHA, Nebraska–An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola headed home with his family.

Nebraska Medical Center officials said Ashoka Mukpo, who had contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from the hospital’s biocontainment unit around 9 a.m. In a statement read by Dr. Jeffrey Gold, the University of Nebraska Medical Center chancellor, Mukpo said: ��Today is a joyful day.�� Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, did not attend the news conference.

Hospital officials had said Tuesday that Mukpo’s blood tested negative for the virus. He had arrived Oct. 6 and was the second Ebola patient to be treated there. The first, Dr. Rick Sacra, has also recovered.

In his statement, Mukpo thanked Dr. Kent Brantly, who provided blood for a transfusion.