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Failure to vaccinate pregnant women during deadly infectious disease outbreaks is putting them and their unborn children at risk, a new report has warned.

Pregnant women are usually excluded from vaccination campaigns because vaccines against infectious diseases like Ebola are rarely tested or approved for use in pregnant women.

This approach has led to anger among some that women are being put unnecessarily at risk during the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Studies of previous outbreaks showing that between 80 and 90 per cent of all pregnant women who contracted the disease died.

But now a new report from an international group of experts in the United States calls for pregnant women to be included in vaccine development and campaigns.

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