NEWS They survived Ebola only to become social outcasts

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    MONROVIA, Liberia — Landlords won't rent to them. Employers won't hire them. Taxi drivers won't give them a lift. Barber shops refuse to cut their hair without gloves.
    They are Ebola survivors. In one place where they are desperately needed as workers, Ebola treatment clinics, many survivors have nightmarish memories of barely staying alive.
    Thousands of West Africans have beaten the odds and survived Ebola. More than 6,500 people have died in the outbreak, and only 30% who have contracted Ebola have survived the aggressive disease that robs the body of fluids and causes major organs to fail.
    Most who emerge from the clinics fully recovered discover a cruel society eager to distance itself from them and the plague.
    A recent study by the World Health Organization where 62 survivors from in an around this city were interviewed about their post-recovery experiences, 80% said they now struggle with stigma and discrimination.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/13/ebola-survivors-stigma-immunity-liberia-monrovia/20251081/ :eek: :shocked: :zoned:
     

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