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Ebola survivor says media, politicians fueled fear

By Associated Press in New York | China Daily | Updated: 2015-02-27 07:35

A doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus but rode the subway system and dined out before he recovered from it said the media and politicians could have done a better job by educating people on the science of the disease instead of focusing on their fears.

Dr Craig Spencer, an emergency room physician, was diagnosed with Ebola on Oct 23, days after returning from treating patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders. His was the first Ebola case in the nation's largest city, spurring an effort to contain anxieties along with the virus.

"When we look back on this epidemic, I hope we'll recognize that fear caused our initial hesitance to respond - and caused us to respond poorly when we finally did," Spencer wrote in an article published on Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Ebola survivor says media, politicians fueled fear

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