Monday, 1 December 2014

Rwanda: New study says seminal fluid may spread Ebola transmission in Africa

KIGALI (TOA) - Although exposure to Ebola virus can occur in healthcare workers and infected communities, men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease in some affected countries from the West Africa should be aware that seminal fluid may be infectious for as long as three months after onset of symptoms.the World Health Organisation (WHO) says in a new study issued Friday to The Times of Africa (TOA) in Kigali.

Currently there is evidence that seminal fluids of convalescing men can shed the hemorrhagic virus for at least 82 days after onset of symptoms, the UN agency said while referring to four studies that were conducted in Ebola affected regions.

The new research that investigated persistence of Ebola virus in seminal fluid from sample group of 43 patients indicates that three men who had recovered from Ebola virus disease were reported to shed live virus in semen 40 days, 61 days and 82 days after onset of symptoms, respectively. Read More....


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