A study from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that the Ebola virus can persist in bodily fluids for approximately nine and a half months, the United Nations News Center reported Thursday.
Those who survive the disease can have virus samples located in fluids in the eyes, placenta, the central nervous system and in breast milk and semen.
“A growing volume of data from careful clinical observation and testing of people who have recovered from acute Ebola virus disease indicates that the Ebola virus can persist at various sites in the body for many months in some people,” the WHO study said.
With this in mind, the WHO recommends that male survivors abstain from sexual activity or that they use protective measures and thoroughly clean any area that comes into contact with sexual fluid until they test negatively for the virus on two occasions.
In the study, men tested in the first three months of infection had all remained positive and 65 percent remained positive for the virus after four to six months.
According to the report, there were no new cases in West Africa for the week of Oct. 11. It was reported this past week that a patient who had recovered from the Ebola virus was hospitalized with late Ebola-related complications.