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What first case of sexually transmitted Ebola means for public health : Nature News & Comment

18.10.15

What first case of sexually transmitted Ebola means for public health : Nature News & Comment: [nature.com] One study1 recruited 93 men who had survived Ebola in Sierra Leone; they were examined between two and nine months after they first showed symptoms of the disease. Half had Ebola viral RNA in their semen. That was not a complete surprise because traces of the virus are known to linger in semen for many months. Those who first showed symptoms two months ago were most likely to test positive for the RNA. But even in the 43 people who first showed symptoms 7–9 months ago, around one-quarter still had Ebola RNA present in their semen.

The other study2 confirms the first known case of sexual transmission of Ebola, to a woman in Liberia. (A preliminary report on the same incident had been published in May).


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