Why is Ebola killing more women?

Why is the Ebola virus killing more women than men in West Africa? Cristen and Caroline chart the spread of the Ebola virus and the gender roles that put women more at risk for contracting Ebola virus and other pandemics.

Episode sources:

"Ebola Virus Disease." World Health Organization. September 2014. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

"Tracking Ebola: How the Virus Spread to the U.S." Andrew Soergel. U.S. News & World Report. Oct. 31, 2014. http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2014/10/31/tracking-ebola-how-the-virus-spread-to-the-us

"Chronology: Worst Ebola Outbreak on Record Tests Global Response." Reuters. Oct. 28, 2014. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/28/health-ebola-idUSL2N0SG2FH20141028

"Ebola Facts: Where Are the Most New Cases Being Reported?" Jeremy Ashkenas, et al. New York Times. Nov. 11, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/31/world/africa/ebola-virus-outbreak-qa.html

"Ebola Striking Women More Frequently Than Men." Caelainn Hogan. The Washington Post. Aug. 14, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2014/08/14/3e08d0c8-2312-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html

"Why Are So Many Women Dying from Ebola?" Lauren Wolfe. Foreign Policy. Aug. 20, 2014. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/08/20/why_are_so_many_women_dying_from_ebola

"As Front-Line Caretakers in Ebola Crisis, Women and Girls Need Gender-Based Humanitarian Response, Gender Alert Says." UN Women. Sept. 26, 2014. http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/9/gender-alert-ebola-west-africa

"How Women Are Bearing the Brunt of the Ebola Epidemic." Krista Walton Potter. Foreign Policy in Focus. Oct. 13, 2014. http://fpif.org/women-bearing-brunt-ebola-epidemic/

"Ebola in the Maternity Ward." Joshua Lang. The New Yorker. Oct. 29, 2014. http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/ebola-maternity-ward?int-cid=mod-latest

"The Only Thing More Terrifying Than Ebola is Being Pregnant with Ebola." Kent Sepkowitz. The Daily Beast. Oct. 2, 2014. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/02/america-s-patient-zero-was-trying-to-save-a-pregnant-ebola-victim.html

Academic insights:

"Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever and Pregnancy." Kibadi Mupapa, et al. The Journal of Infectious Disease. 1999. http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/179/Supplement_1/S11.long

"Women and Infectious Diseases." Julie L. Gerberding. Emerging Infectious Diseases. November 2004. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/10/11/pdfs/04-0800.pdf

"Globalization and Infectious Diseases in Women." Carol Bellamy. Emerging Infectious Diseases. November 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3329001/

Topics in this Podcast: women, health, women's health, pregnancy, gender, ebola, best of 2014 health, pandemics, death