NBC Journalist Free of Ebola Ashoka Mukpo of Rhode Island will be released from hospital soon By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 21, 2014 6:47 PM CDT 15 comments Comments In this August 2013 photo, Rhode Island native Ashoka Mukpo speaks with residents of an iron ore mining camp in Bong County, Liberia. (AP Photo/The Providence Journal, Philip Marcelo) (Newser) – A little more good news on Ebola, at least in the US: NBC journalist Ashoka Mukpo is free of the disease and will be released from a hospital in Omaha, reports AP. The Rhode Island native contracted the disease in Liberia while working as a freelance camera operator for the network and other media outlets. The 33-year-old returned to the US earlier this month for treatment. None of his colleagues showed symptoms, but one got into hot water for disregarding self-imposed isolation to grab takeout. "Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling," Mukpo is quoted as saying at NBC News. "Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I've been. I'm very happy to be alive." The development follows news in Dallas that about 50 people who had contact with patient Thomas Duncan were in the clear. Elsewhere in the world, however, the disease has killed more than 4,500 and infected more than 9,000 others. Vaccine trials could start soon.