NBC's chief medical editor, who was working in Liberia when her cameraman was diagnosed with Ebola, issued an apology statement Monday night for a recent incident where she was spotted picking up take-out food from a New Jersey eatery.
"I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused," Dr. Nancy Snyderman said in a statement read by NBC anchor Brian Williams last night.
Snyderman, who lives in Princeton, and her NBC crew had agreed to undergo voluntary quarantine for 21 days after returning from Liberia last week.
But last Thursday, Snyderman was spotted waiting in a car outside Peasant Grill in Hopewell while a man ran inside to grab take-out food, the Planet Princeton blog reported.
Snyderman and three other NBC employees were in Liberia when a camerman, 33, fell ill two weeks ago and was diagnosed with Ebola. The infected cameraman, American Ashoka Mukpo, was quarantined and was to be flown the Omaha, Nebraska for treatment at a special facility, Planet Princeton said.
Meanwhile, after Snyderman and the crew returned to the U.S., NBC announced that they would all undergo a voluntary 21-day quarantine period, the standard period within which Ebola symptoms will manifest is a person has the virus.
But after the Planet Princeton blog reported multiple reader sightings of Snyderman out and about, the New Jersey state Health Department issued a mandatory quarantine order for Snyderman and the members of her crew ordering them to remain confined until Oct. 22.
Snyderman apologized for the scare but did not acknowledge that she personally violated the quarantine in her statement read by Williams.
“While under voluntary quarantine guidelines which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed,” the statement said. “We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. As a health professional, I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public."
Many people have criticized Snyderman on Twitter and suggested she should be fired for breaking her quarantine.
If you know me, you know I am *never* one to call for people's scalps. But breaking Ebola quarantine for soup is where I draw the line.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) October 14, 2014
Nancy Snyderman is why #Ebola will spread. She is a doctor and knows better and she is ignoring preventative measures. Human behavior 101.
— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) October 14, 2014