Survivors of Ebola face second ‘disease’: stigma

Monday, April 28, 2014

The doctor has beaten the odds and survived Ebola, but he still has one more problem: The stigma carried by the deadly disease.

Even though he is completely healthy, people are afraid to come near him or to have anything to do with him.

For example, the man was supposed to give an interview on Guinean radio to describe his triumphant tale. But the station would not allow him into the studio.

“We’d prefer he speak by phone from downstairs,” the station’s director told a representative of Doctors Without Borders, while the survivor waited outside in a car. “I can’t take the risk of letting him enter our studio.”

Source: Yahoo! News (link opens in a new window)

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