In 1976, the first Ebola virus outbreak occurred in Central Africa, deriving its name from the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The most recent outbreak, first announced by the Guinean Ministry of Health in March 2014, has claimed at least 5,000 lives.
Women account for an estimated 55 and 60 percent of its total victims. In Liberia alone, the health teams have reported the proportion of female casualties is as high as 75 percent.
So why are more women dying of this aggressive virus?