Dad: Ebola patient improving, back on Facebook

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Posted: Oct 13, 2014 6:37 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Hospital and family members say the American video journalist being treated for Ebola in Nebraska is showing signs of improvement.

Dr. Mitchell Levy told The Associated Press on Monday that his son, 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo, has been improving in recent days and currently has no symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Levy says everyone is "really, really pleased with his progress."

Mukpo contracted Ebola in West Africa. He arrived at Nebraska Medical Center on Oct. 6 after being flown back to the U.S. to be treated at the Omaha hospital's specialized unit.

Shelly Schwedhelm, nursing director of the hospital's biocontainment unit, says Mukpo is sitting up, eating food and drinking liquids. She also says he's conversing with staff.

Levy says his son also is posting on Facebook and Twitter.