NBC News and Vice News journalist Ashoka Mukpo (Jewish father, Mitchell Levy) no longer has Ebola, health officials announced Tuesday.
The LA Times and various other media sources have reported that Mukpo, 33, tested negative for the deadly virus, and today, Wednesday he will leave the biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.
Mukpo, a Rhode Island native, was working in Liberia when he became ill. He was transported to Nebraska Medicine on Oct. 6.
“The knowledge that there’s no more virus in my blood is a profound relief, ” Mukpo Tweeted. “I’m so lucky. Wish everyone who got sick could feel this.”
Ashoka Mukpo’s mother was one of the wives of the late Tibetan Buddhist leader Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Ashoka was raised in Colorado. His biological father, Mitchell Levy, was also a follower of Trungpa. According to AP, Ashoka’s mother and Levy married after Trungpa’s death.
Levy told the AP that his son had been reporting from high-risk areas in Liberia since August.