Management of pregnant women infected with Ebola virus in a treatment centre in Guinea, June 2014

Euro Surveill. 2014 Dec 11;19(49):20983. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.es2014.19.49.20983.


We report two cases of confirmed Ebola virus disease in pregnant women, who presented at the Médecins Sans Frontières Ebola treatment centre in Guéckédou. Despite the very high risk of death, both pregnant women survived. In both cases the critical decision was made to induce vaginal delivery. We raise a number of considerations regarding the management of Ebola virus-infected pregnant women, including the place of amniocentesis and induced delivery, and whether certain invasive medical acts are justified.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amniocentesis
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use
  • Delivery, Obstetric
  • Ebolavirus / genetics
  • Ebolavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Female
  • Guinea
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / diagnosis*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / drug therapy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / virology*
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antiviral Agents