Via allAfrica.com, a long report from Reuters Alertnet: Guinea's First Ebola Survivors Return to Family, Stigma Remains. Excerpt:
Gueckedou — Hiccups, say doctors in this remote corner of Guinea, are the final tell-tale sign of infection by the Ebola virus that has killed more than 100 people since an outbreak began this year.
Then come profuse bleeding, circulatory shock and death.
But for Rose Komano, the hiccups never came. On Saturday, the 18-year-old mother of three became the first victim to have beaten the disease in the region of Gueckedou, epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in this impoverished West African nation.
In total, 98 people are thought to have died from the disease in Guinea and 10 more in neighbouring Liberia, according to aid workers and governments.
A market town of 220,000 people near the Liberia and Sierra Leone borders, Gueckedou's makeshift clinic is on the front line of Guinea's battle to contain its first outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever, normally found in Central Africa.
Medecins sans Frontières (MSF), a medical charity working to contain the virus, has set up two tin-roofed tents in the courtyard of the local health centre. One is for suspected Ebola cases and the other is for confirmed cases.
Now, to the delight of the overworked medical staff, they are building a third tent - for survivors.
"When I first saw the medical staff around me in yellow and black, I was scared. I thought I was going to die," said Komano, who buried her mother and grandmother days earlier after they died from the disease.
"I didn't believe I would recover my health again. I was scared that I would orphan my children - like my mother did me - but now I can hold them in my arms again," she said.
Eight people have now recovered from the Ebola virus, according to medical tests. The virulent Zaire strain of the disease in Guinea has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.
Lucky genes and intensive medical care helped Komano become one of the handful to escape death. Other patients were cleared to go home from the Donko hospital in Conakry last week in what the World Health Organisation (WHO) dubbed "Lazarus" cases - after the Biblical figure restored to life by Jesus.
Komano's 12-year-old niece and her sister are also recovering as the levels of virus in their blood fall.
But for this family, living in a remote part of Guinea where traditional beliefs are held in high regard, the real battle may have only just begun.