Ebola fears dominate US midterm elections

ONLY four people have been diagnosed with Ebola in the US but the disease has become a dominant issue in midterm elections less than two weeks away.

Medics practise for Ebola duties in New York. Picture: Getty
Medics practise for Ebola duties in New York. Picture: Getty

Republicans, who are hoping to win a Senate majority, have seized on public worries that the virus could spread in the US to attack the ­response of President Barack Obama’s administration.

Democrats have accused the Republicans of “fear-mongering”, but a few have joined in the criticism as a way to distance themselves from Obama, whose approval ratings are just a tick over their lowest for his six years in the White House.