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Ebola virus persists and may be transmitted in survivors’ semen, studies show

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5511 (Published 15 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5511
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Ebola virus RNA persists in men’s semen after their recovery from Ebola virus disease, preliminary results from a study in Sierra Leone have shown,1 and a case study has reported a suspected case of sexual transmission of the disease from a male survivor to his female partner earlier this year.2

The Ebola persistence study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine,1 enrolled a convenience sample of 100 men who had survived Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone. Researchers followed them at intervals after their recovery and collected semen samples in addition to self reported information on their health status. …

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