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RI man contracts Ebola

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By: Dee DeQuattro with reporting by Matt Blanchette

Email: ddequattro@abc6.com

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A freelance cameraman that is from Providence has contracted the Ebola virus.

33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo is being flown to a treatment center in the United States. His mother, Diana Mukpo, who lives in Providence, tells ABC6 that he is expected to be back in the country on Sunday but they are working with the State Department to get him back sooner. She spoke with him today and says he is in much better spirits.

Mukpo is expected to be transported the University of Nebraska Hospital on Sunday.

On Wednesday Mukpo contacted his parents to tell them that he had become ill.

"My husband was on his way back from a medical conference in Barcelona, and he called me in the middle of the night and told me Ashoka was sick; and I knew immediately what that meant," said Diana Mukpo. "Yesterday, Ashoka called me himself from the hospital 'Doctors Without Borders' in Monrovia, and told me that his test had come back positive."

Mukpo was on assignment with three other NBC News employees in Monrovia. Mukpo quarantined himself on Wednesday when he began to develop symptoms. On Thursday he went to the treatment center and tested positive.

Mukpo's parents live in Providence, Rhode Island and his father, Mitchell Levy is a professor at Brown University and a doctor at Rhode Island Hospital.

He is the fourth American to contract the Ebola virus.

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