5 Reasons Ebola Kills More Women


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Burial Rituals
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In many West African cultures, when a family member dies, it's up to the women -- usually aunts or older female relatives -- to prepare bodies for burial. Though not airborne, Ebola virus can still be contracted from skin-to-skin and body fluid contact, which means the corpses of those who've died from Ebola can still be viral vectors.

Photo caption: A woman crawls towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her for cremation on October 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. The woman had died outside her home earlier in the morning while trying to walk to a treatment center, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is important in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members.