Delivery of an Ebola Virus-Positive Stillborn Infant in a Rural Community Health Center, Sierra Leone, 2015.


Bower, H; Grass, JE; Veltus, E; Brault, A; Campbell, S; Basile, AJ; Wang, D; Paddock, CD; Erickson, BR; Salzer, JS; Belser, J; Chege, E; Seneca, D; Saffa, G; Stroeher, U; Decroo, T; Caleo, GM; (2015) Delivery of an Ebola Virus-Positive Stillborn Infant in a Rural Community Health Center, Sierra Leone, 2015. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 94 (2). pp. 417-9. ISSN 0002-9637 DOI: https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.15-0619

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Abstract

We report the case of an Ebola virus (EBOV) RNA-negative pregnant woman who delivered an EBOV RNA-positive stillborn infant at a community health center in rural Sierra Leone, 1 month after the mother's last possible exposure. The mother was later found to be immunoglobulins M and G positive indicating previous infection. The apparent absence of Ebola symptoms and not recognizing that the woman had previous contact with an Ebola patient led health workers performing the delivery to wear only minimal personal protection, potentially exposing them to a high risk of EBOV infection. This case emphasizes the importance of screening for epidemiological risk factors as well as classic and atypical symptoms of Ebola when caring for pregnant women, even once they have passed the typical time frame for exposure and incubation expected in nonpregnant adults. It also illustrates the need for health-care workers to use appropriate personal protection equipment when caring for pregnant women in an Ebola setting.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 26556830
Web of Science ID: 369465500030
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3337642

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