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Patients Facing Health Challenges Other Than Ebola May Be Unable To Get Needed Care

News outlets report deaths from causes other than Ebola likely will increase as struggling health systems in West Africa are unable to treat patients.

Reuters: ‘Collateral’ death toll expected to soar in Africa’s Ebola crisis
“Deaths from infectious diseases like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia are likely to soar in West African countries where a vast outbreak of Ebola has crushed health systems and killed nurses and doctors…” (Kelland, 9/26).

Washington Post: Pregnant women at risk of becoming collateral casualties to Ebola epidemic
“The health of mothers and infants has long been a concern in many West African nations. … The [Ebola] outbreak is causing a major disruption to the health care system, and there are numerous signs that pregnant women in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea could be dying due to Ebola without ever getting the disease…” (Taylor, 9/26).

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