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Doctors on Ebola: Obama's Move Good, But Late

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 06:52 PM

Two doctors say President Barack Obama's announcement Tuesday that the United States would be upping its attack on the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa was welcome news, but should have happened sooner.

"I think what he's doing is very important, but I'm worried it's too little, too late," Dr. Kevin Campbell, a cardiologist, told Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto." 

Campbell said the action would have done more good six weeks ago, before the virus spread as much as it has. Thousands of people have the disease, and 2,400 are known to have died.

"I'm afraid that rather than being an epidemic, it may become endemic, meaning that we may never eradicate it from that area," Campbell said.

Dr. Elaina George agreed that action should have taken place sooner. She told Cavuto she fears the disease could eventually mutate and be spread airborne, "and that's a whole different ballgame."

Campbell noted that the journal Science found that in the first 24 days after the recent outbreak, there were more than 400 mutations.

George wants to be more aggressive about how people travel, suggesting a 21-day quarantine for people before they leave an area that is part of the epidemic. The disease has a 21-day incubation period.

She also suggested travelers to the area practice good hygiene, stay away from crowds and eat organic food.

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Two doctors said President Barack Obama's announcement Tuesday that the United States would be upping its attack on the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was welcome news, but should have happened sooner.
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