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Ebola Virus Has Lurked in Man’s Semen for More than 500 Days

September 2, 2016

(New Scientist) – The Ebola virus can persist in a man’s semen for much longer than we thought. A man in Guinea who survived Ebola in 2014 is now known to have carried it for at least 531 days. Earlier this year, he transmitted the virus sexually, causing it to spread to at least 10 people, and killing 8 of them. Ebola virus was known to persist in the testes of survivors, but until now the longest it had been detected surviving in this way was 284 days after a man’s recovery. The latest sexual transmission of the virus recorded had been 179 days after recovery.

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