5 Reasons Ebola Kills More Women

Medical Roles

Often an extension of domestic gender roles, women's work in hospitals often brings them in close and constant contact with the Ebola virus. In addition to comprising a majority of nurses and birth attendants, female workers are also likelier to be hospital cleaners and launderers, which might involve contact with bodily fluids from infected patients.

Photo caption: A health worker poses inside a tent in the Ebola treatment unit being preventively set to host potential Ebola patients at the University Hospital of Yopougon, on October 17, 2014. Air Côte d'Ivoire, the national plane company, announced on October 17 it will resume its flights to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on Monday. Hysteria over Ebola has reached fever-pitch the world over despite repeated calls for calm.The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people, most of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the disease has reared its ugly head further afield in the United States and Spain, sparking post-apocalyptic fears of mass contagion.