New York health workers prepare for potential Ebola patients
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'We've got to make sure people don't act on fear'

The first case of Ebola is being treated in New York, the fourth in the United States.

Dr Craig Spencer returned a few days ago from Guinea, where he had been working for the charity Medecins sans Frontieres and became ill on Thursday.

New York City Council member Mark Levine, whose district includes West Harlem where Dr Spencer lives, told Today presenter James Naughtie:

"The first emotion when you hear about a deadly virus is fear and we've got to make sure people don't act on fear."

First broadcast on the Today programme on 24 October 2014

  • 24 Oct 2014