5 Reasons Ebola Kills More Women


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Pregnancy
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The fatality rate of pregnant Ebola virus patients is as high as 95.5 percent, according to a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Moreover, the sweat, blood and amniotic fluid of Ebola-infected women giving birth is especially contagious. For that reason, many pregnant women are turned away from Ebola hospital wards for fear of them infecting healthcare workers and patients, which likely contributes to their higher mortality rate as well.

Photo caption: Victor Fayiah, 40 (right) and his wife Comfort Fayiah, 32, seated on a mattress on the floor of a room with their twins, Faith and Mercy beside her talk about their ordeal on September 19, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Comfort went into labor and had twin girls on the ground in the yard of her church assisted by a local medic and a church mother because she could not get medical care; most hospitals and clinics were closed for non-Ebola treatment. The closed facilities are an attempt to protect medical staff and other patients from Ebola. (Monrovia, Liberia)