Kissing corpses is helping spread Ebola, expert says

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Peter Piot (second from left) on October 20, 1976, the day of his arrival in Yambuku to investigate the first Ebola outbreak, together with fellow scientists and local health workers. Photo courtesy of Joel Breman

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LONDON (RNS) "There are very strong traditional beliefs and traditional funeral rites which require that the whole family touch the dead body, and they have a meal in the presence of the dead body," renowned scientist Peter Piot said.