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Ebola virus disease in pregnancy: Screening and management of Ebola cases, contacts and survivors

Interim guidance


Cover of pregnancy and Ebola guidance document

Publication details

Number of pages: 4 pages
Publication date: September 2015
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/EVD/HSE/PED/15.1



There is no evidence to show that women who survive Ebola virus disease (EVD) and subsequently become pregnant pose a risk for Ebola virus transmission. However, pregnant women with active EVD and pregnant women who survive EVD without pregnancy loss may transmit the virus during delivery and/or management of obstetric complications. Pregnant women who are contacts of confirmed Ebola cases pose a potential risk.

This document provides guidance for:

  • screening and triage of pregnant women in the context of an Ebola outbreak;
  • infection prevention and control (IPC) precautions for pregnant women at risk of EVD transmission during childbirth and complication management;
  • management of pregnant EVD cases, contacts and survivors;
  • lactation and Ebola virus disease.

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