5 Reasons Ebola Kills More Women

Domestic Roles
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One of the primary reasons women in West Africa are at greater risk of contracting Ebola virus is due to their traditional roles as domestic caregivers. Mothers look after sick children and husbands, and even if the mother is sick, other women will come to look after her, rather than the husband taking over caregiving duties.

Photo caption: A woman cleans the day's catch in the impoverished seaside slum of West Point on August 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Poor sanitation and close living quarters have contributed to the spead of the Ebola virus, which is transmitted through bodily fluids.