Pregnant Women and the Ebola Crisis

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Pregnant Women and the Ebola Crisis


On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported the emergence of another Ebola virus outbreak, the 10th in the DRC since the virus was discovered in 1976. As of November 13, 2018, there were 341 cases and 215 deaths, making this the world’s third-largest Ebola outbreak to date. The public health community learned several lessons when West Africa experienced the largest-ever Ebola outbreak beginning in 2014, which ultimately included 28,000 cases and caused 11,000 deaths. Current prevention and control measures have benefited from these lessons and are directed toward a coordinated response, including improvements in cross-border surveillance, laboratory capacity, case management, infection control at health facilities, culturally sensitive safe burials, and psychosocial care, as well as inclusion of vaccination as a control measure. However, according to available documents, issues related to pregnant women have been largely ignored in these efforts.

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Haddad, Lisa B., Denise J. Jamieson, and Sonja A. Rasmussen. 2018. "Pregnant Women and the Ebola Crisis." New England Journal of Medicine 379 (26):2492-3.


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