Many West African Ebola Workers Now Facing Mental Health, Addiction Issues

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Still Takes Mental Toll on West Africa’s ‘Burial Boys’
“As Ebola fades, a mental health crisis is coming in its wake. At the height of the outbreak, West African countries that had no more than a roomful of doctors and too few nurses threw thousands of ordinary people — taxi drivers, accountants, and college students among them — onto the front lines. Now, many of the Ebola fighters are battling their own, quieter afflictions. Alcoholism, depression, and drug addiction are raging, health officials say, in countries that have even fewer psychiatrists than doctors…” (Hinshaw, 2/9).

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