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Ebola virus can remain live in men’s sperm for up to three MONTHS, health experts warn as the death toll nears 7,000

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Ebola - CDC

Men who recover from Ebola must abstain from having sex for three months or risk passing on the disease in their semen, health experts have warned.

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the virus, which has claimed almost 7,000 lives in West Africa this year, can remain in a survivor’s seminal fluid for 82 days.

The WHO said: ‘Men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease should be aware that seminal fluid may be infectious for as long as three months after onset of symptoms.

‘Because of the potential to transmit the virus sexually during this time, they should maintain good personal hygiene after masturbation, and either abstain from sex (including oral sex) for three months after onset of symptoms, or use condoms if abstinence is not possible.’

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