NBC Chief Medical Correspondent Nancy Snyderman, apparently not a fan of Ebola quarantines, is now under police surveillance after she was spotted out in public in New Jersey last week.
According to reports, Snyderman and three other crew members who worked with freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo in Liberia agreed to quarantine themselves for 21 days as part of a voluntary arrangement with the Centers for Disease Control and state officials.
But less than a week after Mukpo tested positive for the virus, a Gawker reader sent in a tip about Snyderman getting food from the Peasant Grill in Hopewell, New Jersey.
Says the tipster:
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the NBC on-air doctor whose cameraman was diagnosed with ebola, is supposed to be under quarantine for 21 days. She happens to live in my neighborhood in Princeton, NJ, where her reputation as a bit of an arrogant specimen had me idly remarking last night that if ever there were someone likely to flout the quarantine and leave their house, it was her.
Fast forward to today: my wife and a friend are virtually certain they spotted her in a car outside a restaurant in Hopewell, NJ within the past hour. She sent a guy in to retrieve her food and remained in the car. It appeared that as soon as she thought she'd been spotted, she looked away and put on sunglasses. My wife's friend immediately called both the Hopewell and Princeton police, who said they'd "look into it."
The sighting was first reported by Planet Princeton, and New Jersey officials issued a mandatory quarantine order on Friday after their story broke. Police are now reportedly patrolling Snyderman's neighborhood to make sure she doesn't sneak out again.
On Monday's NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams read a brief statement from Snyderman, in which the good doctor allowed that "members of our group violated those [quarantine] guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory."
NBC has reportedly refused to comment.
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