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To drive down Ebola transmission, saying goodbye to the dead must change
To drive down Ebola transmission, saying goodbye to the dead must change

Traditional West African funerals, at which mourners extensively touch and kiss the dead, are "superspreader" events for transmission of the Ebola virus, says a new study, which identified hygienic burial practices of those who have succumbed to the infection as the single-most effective way to slow the epidemic. A team that included researchers from Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare also concluded that a government-imposed quarantine of the West Point slum in Monrovia, which lasted 10 days and galvanized an angry community backlash, did little to slow the spread of the Ebola virus. The cordon sanitaire, imposed by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and...

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