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Opinion: As the world prepares to fight Lassa fever, the interests of pregnant women must be part of the planning

The interests of pregnant women weren't included in thinking about making and deploying a vaccine against Ebola. We can't make that same mistake with Lassa fever.
A transmission electron microscope reveals the size and shape of the virus that causes Lassa fever. Source: C. S. Goldsmith/CDC

As health officials work to contain the continuing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lessons from that crisis can be applied to more equitably battle Lassa fever, another deadly infectious disease.

As 2019 begins, the Ebola outbreak in the DRC is a of tragic proportions. This outbreak, the second largest in history, disproportionally affects women of childbearing potential. Unfortunately, the only available Ebola vaccine has characteristics that make it problematic for use in women who are pregnant. Although they are at high risk of becoming infected and dying,

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