Sierra Leone: Baby, Maternal Deaths Soar On Ebola Fear

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Maternal and newborn deaths in Sierra Leone have soared since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as fear of being infected and mistrust of health workers deter pregnant women from giving birth in health facilities, researchers said on Tuesday.
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Source: Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health - Category: Midwifery Authors: Tags: Quality Improvement Report Source Type: research
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Source: MMWR Surveill Summ - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: MMWR Surveill Summ Source Type: research
Pregnant women &vaccines against emerging epidemic threats: Ethics guidance for preparedness, research, and response. Vaccine. 2019 May 03;: Authors: Krubiner CB, Faden RR, Karron RA, Little MO, Lyerly AD, Abramson JS, Beigi RH, Cravioto AR, Durbin AP, Gellin BG, Gupta SB, Kaslow DC, Kochhar S, Luna F, Saenz C, Sheffield JS, Tindana PO, PREVENT Working Group Abstract Zika virus, influenza, and Ebola have called attention to the ways in which infectious disease outbreaks can severely - and at times uniquely - affect the health interests of pregnant women and their offspring. These examples also hig...
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