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Ebola Survivors, Health Workers, Orphans Face Stigma, Other Challenges; Experts Begin Search For Virus’s Natural Host

Agence France-Presse: Ebola outbreak ends but stigma stalks survivors
“They may have conquered Ebola but survivors of the fever and the heroic workers who saved them face a new struggle: acceptance by communities after the end of the deadly epidemic…” (Johnson, 1/13).

Agence France-Presse: Ebola orphans struggle to resume their lives
“…According to the United Nations, more than 22,000 children lost at least one parent to the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history whose epicenter lay in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia…” (Bah, 1/13).

Nature: Hunt for Ebola’s wild hideout takes off as epidemic wanes
“…The virus remains hidden in animal reservoirs, and is almost certain to spill over into humans again. ‘We’ve got to focus on what could potentially happen next,’ says David Pigott, a spatial epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, U.K. — and that means uncovering the species that harbor Ebola in the wild to try to prevent deadly outbreaks in the future…” (Callaway, 1/12).

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