Journalist being treated for Ebola still improving

By The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The Nebraska doctors treating an American video journalist for Ebola say he could be released by the end of the week if tests show he’s free of the deadly virus.

Ashoka Mukpo has been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha since Oct. 6.     

He has been improving steadily since receiving an experimental Ebola drug and a blood transfusion from someone who survived the virus although he remains weak.

Dr. Mark Rupp said Monday that Mukpo could be released from the hospital’s isolation unit in the next few days if the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirms he is Ebola-free.

Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, contracted Ebola while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets.

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