Duration of Ebola virus RNA persistence in semen of survivors: population-level estimates and projections.


Eggo, RM; Watson, CH; Camacho, A; Kucharski, AJ; Funk, S; Edmunds, WJ; (2015) Duration of Ebola virus RNA persistence in semen of survivors: population-level estimates and projections. Euro surveillance , 20 (48). ISSN 1025-496X DOI: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2015.20.48.30083

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Abstract

Ebola virus can persist in semen after recovery, potentially for months, which may impact the duration of enhanced surveillance required after interruption of transmission. We combined recent data on viral RNA persistence with weekly disease incidence to estimate the current number of semen-positive men in affected West African countries. We find the number is low, and since few reported sexual transmission events have occurred, the future risk is also likely low, although sexual health promotion remains critical.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
PubMed ID: 26676163
Web of Science ID: 365965700005
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2478655

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