10/05/2014 06:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2014

NBC News Freelance Journalist Ashoka Mukpo Arrives In US For Ebola Treatment

The NBC News freelance cameraman diagnosed with Ebola last Thursday has returned to the United States for treatment, the network said Monday.

Ashoka Mukpo, 33, had been covering the Ebola crisis in Monrovia, Liberia when he began showing symptoms for the virus. He departed from Liberia on Sunday night and will seek treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Mukpo becomes the fifth US citizen to return back to the country for Ebola treatment.

More from Associated Press below:

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American photojournalist who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa has begun his journey home for treatment.

Ashoka Mukpo will be the second Ebola patient to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center's specialized isolation unit. Hospital officials said they expected an Ebola patient to arrive Monday, but declined to provide a name.

The 33-year-old Mukpo was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC in Liberia last week when he became ill. NBC reported Sunday that Mukpo is en route to Nebraska for treatment. Mukpo's family said Friday he is going to Omaha.

Mukpo is the fifth American to be evacuated to the United States for treatment since the start of the Ebola outbreak, which the World Health Organization says has killed more than 3,400 people.