“True” and “false” Ebola survivors? Biological traces and conflicting evidence in Guinea

By Alice Desclaux, Eva Barranca


Four years after the Ebola outbreak, a new serological technique has demonstrated that approximately one in ten Ebola survivors in Guinea show no evidence of infection with the virus. Deception, inaccurate diagnosis, or erroneous recording or transmission? On the basis of both a fact-finding and an ethnographic survey, the article discusses the biologization of survivors’ identities in the context of medical research, while survivors refer to the experiential dimension of their suffering.


  • Serology
  • Ebola
  • Africa
  • Survivors
  • Biologisation
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