RI doctor on Ebola: ‘We could end this epidemic’

Courtesy of Adam C. Levine, MD, MPH, FACEP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island Hospital doctor is back in the Ocean State following a month-long volunteer trip to Liberia.

Dr. Adam Levine returned from the West African nation a week and a half ago, and said the United States and other world powers can do more to fight Ebola.

Dr. Levine made the admirable decision to travel to Liberia as part of an emergency response team to battle the virus. He spoke only with Eyewitness News Thursday in his first television interview upon his return.

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“I knew that the need was really outpacing the supply of doctors and nurses and other trained aid workers,” he said.

Levine was there with the International Medical Corps and helped to build a treatment unit 100 miles north of Liberia’s capital of Monrovia. He said there are a lot of misconceptions about Ebola.

“The first is that the disease is uniformally fatal, which just isn’t true.”

It’s a problem Dr. Levine believes can be fixed with more treatment centers and more doctors.

“We could end this epidemic. We could probably end it as early as next year,” he said.

One medical bubble suit that doctors wear costs $90, and an entire team at a treatment clinic goes through about 100 suits a day.

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