Survivors Are Helping Doctors Study Ebola
It killed more than 11,000. But there’s an upside to the West African Ebola outbreak: about 17,000 survivors who constitute valuable virus-fighting data. Researchers are studying the possibility that the virus lives on in these former patients, even those now testing negative, by hiding inside an eye or an ear, or even in the nervous system — potentially reappearing months later. But to successfully conduct the research, they need to first battle the social stigma that’s led to prohibitive medical fees for survivors.