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U.N. warns that women increasingly at risk for Ebola

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:21

The U.N. special envoy for Ebola says women are most at risk of catching the virus due to their roles in society. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Hawantatu Kamara lost three family members to Ebola. But she survived the disease along with two children in her family. She's now back at home in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital. (SOUNDBITE) (Krio) EBOLA SURVIVOR, HAWANTATU KAMARA, SAYING: "When we were in the hospital, we couldn't go anywhere. We stayed inside, lying down in our bed. But at home, I feel fine. I can walk where I want. I cook. I feel fine. So I thank God for that." More than 15,000 cases of Ebola have now been identified in eight countries. And it is women who are increasingly at risk says UN Special Envoy for Ebola David Nabarro. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL ENVOY FOR EBOLA, DAVID NABARRO, SAYING: "There are some reports that in the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak that women are particularly at risk. Partly because of their role as healers, partly because of their role as carers in the home and partly because also they are most involved in household activities and this puts them at particular risk of getting infected." The World Health Organization says the Ebola death toll now stands at more than 5,400 Hawantatu Kamara says she knows how lucky she is that she survived

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U.N. warns that women increasingly at risk for Ebola

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:21