More Women Than Men Are Dying From Ebola

August 29, 2014 10:22 PM

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Since this strain of the disease first hit Guinea in May, 1,552 people have succumbed to Ebola, which has been rapidly making its way through four countries in West Africa, the Associated Press reported. More women than men are contracting the disease though, since they traditionally serve as health care workers and are the ones who are expected to look after ill family members, according to UNICEF.

The outbreak is being attributed to the consumption of infected bushmeat -- the meat of wild animals -- which many rely on for their livelihood and as their main source of protein, according to Irin News.

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