Providence man may have contracted Ebola spray-washing car

By: Samantha Lavien
Slavien@abc6.com
Twitter: @samanthalavien

The freelance photographer from Rhode Island who contracted Ebola in Liberia has arrived in Nebraska for treatment.

Ashoka Mukpo is already receiving care at The Nebraska Medical Center. His doctors say all treatment options are being considered at this point.

Mukpo’s parents say he appeared strong Monday morning, and even walked off the plane by himself.

“He is enormously relieved to be here. Of course it is still quite frightening, but he’s hanging in and he sounds very strong,” said Mukpo’s mom, Diana Mukpo.

Mukpo’s father, Dr. Mitchell Levy, says his son is doing well. Levy says Mukpo’s symptoms at this point include a fever and some nausea. Levy did say he expects his son may get worse before he gets better.

Levy says he’s not certain when exactly his son contracted the virus, but he says he does have an idea.

“He does remember one instance where he was helping spray-wash a vehicle with chlorine and he thinks he might have been splashed, but honestly he’s not exactly sure,” said Levy.

Mukpo has spent a lot of time over the past few years in Liberia. He decided to return to the country in May, against his parent’s wishes, feeling compelled to document the Ebola epidemic.

“When he told me I asked him if he was crazy and obviously did everything I could and I know Diana as well to dissuade him,” said Levy.

The Nebraska facility is the same treatment center where Worcester doctor Richard Sacra was treated last month.

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