NIH study indicates Ebola's ability to persist in semen
The study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and found that traces of the virus can be found in seminal fluid for an extended period of time after patients have been free of symptoms. In March of this year, a woman contracted the Ebola virus through sexual contact with a survivor of the disease. The CDC reports that the patient had no prior interaction with any visitors from affected countries, and she had no interaction with an Ebola patient.
In the study, researchers found that traces of the virus were present in samples after eight days in simulated tropical conditions. They did note limitations with this study, as samples were spiked with virus samples rather than natural transmission to these cells.
It has been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the virus can persist after the course of the disease in fluids including tear ducts and sexual fluid. Both the WHO and the CDC recommend that regular screenings for the virus should be carried out and that safe sex practices are maintained to limit possibilities of transmission.