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Ebola Epidemic Will Have Lasting Effect On Health Of West Africans

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Sierra Leone: How Ebola Forces Doctors to Turn Away Pregnant Patients
Erika Check Hayden, a reporter for the journal Nature

“…Because many health care workers treating pregnant patients with Ebola contracted the disease, pregnant women are finding it difficult to get even routine care. Researchers estimate that this will as much as double the maternal mortality rate — the percentage of women who die in childbirth — in the Ebola-affected countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The epidemic has also disrupted malaria prevention programs and care for patients with HIV and has inflicted mental trauma that may last for years to come…”

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