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Yorktown's Murphy Calls For Action On Ebola

Dr. Terrance Murphy has called on the president to take greater action to contain the Ebola virus.
Dr. Terrance Murphy has called on the president to take greater action to contain the Ebola virus. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Terrence Murphy, Yorktown Councilman and candidate for State Senate in the 40th District, is calling for immediate action to be taken by President Obama to help contain the spread of the Ebola virus.

Murphy has said the president should restrict travel and suspend visas from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa as well as enforce a mandatory 21-day quarantine of all travelers returning to New York from service in Ebola hotspots.

"As a health professional this is simply common sense," Murphy said in a statement. "It is clearly time for action to protect the public. Ebola is spiraling out of control in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Infected travelers may not display symptoms until after they enter our country. Airport screening simply is not enough, and more precautions should be taken."

Although Murphy believes medical professionals should have special waivers for travel to West Africa to work to defeat Ebola in that region, strict precautions should be taken upon their return to our country.

Murphy also believes the state Department of Health should develop step-by-step protocols on infectious diseases, including Ebola, to protect health care workers and the public.

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