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Ebola Facts

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM


During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection from the deadly Ebola virus are: health workers; family members or others in close contact with infected persons; funeral home workers and mourners who have direct contact with the bodies of the deceased.

Persons are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the Ebola virus. In one case, the Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of the disease in a man who was infected in a laboratory.

Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to seven weeks after recovery from the illness. Caution is urged.

People who recover from Ebola should be sure to abstain from sexual intercourse or use condoms for at least three months.

Persons who have just died from the Ebola virus are the most contagious and remain so for a few days. Specially trained persons should handle the remains, and they MUST wear proper protective gear at all times.