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Researchers Document First Case Of Female Ebola Survivor Likely Passing On Infection One Year After Recovery

Associated Press: Doctors: Woman likely spread Ebola a year after infection
“A Liberian woman who probably caught Ebola in 2014 may have infected three relatives a year after she first fell sick, doctors reported in a study published Monday…” (Cheng, 7/23).

New York Times: For the First Time, a Female Ebola Survivor Infects Others
“…The episode raises new medical questions: Scientists do not know how the virus hid inside the woman for 13 months before re-emerging in lethal form. However, because she fell ill soon after giving birth, experts believe the immune suppression that normally occurs in pregnancy may have triggered a relapse…” (McNeil, 7/23).

Washington Post: Ebola in survivor’s family shows deadly virus’s lasting effects
“…The study, in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, is the first indication of transmission from a female Ebola survivor, highlighting the continued risk for a resurgence of cases and the potential for large-scale outbreaks long after there is no longer active disease spread…” (Sun, 7/23).

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