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Ebola virus can persist in semen after recovery, potentially for months, which may impact the duration of enhanced surveillance required after interruption of transmission. We combined recent data on viral RNA persistence with weekly disease incidence to estimate the current number of semen-positive men in affected West African countries. We find the number is low, and since few reported sexual transmission events have occurred, the future risk is also likely low, although sexual health promotion remains critical.

Original publication

DOI

10.2807/1560-7917.es.2015.20.48.30083

Type

Journal article

Journal

Eurosurveillance

Publisher

European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC)

Publication Date

03/12/2015

Volume

20