The Ebola virus can remain in the semen of survivors for up to nine months, but health officials stress the chances of contracting the disease through sex is low.
Preliminary results of a new study released Wednesday clearly proves that the virus persists in the semen of disease survivors longer than previously thought, according to the World Health Organization. Officials said Wednesday that West Africa has not reported a new Ebola case in two weeks.
Previous reports detected Ebola in semen up to three and a half months after symptoms were revealed. The virus can be spread quickly through contact of a person showing symptoms such as fever or vomiting.
Officials said in March that a woman in Liberia likely got Ebola through sexual transmission with a male survivor.
The latest findings show that three and a half months is more the floor than the ceiling of how long Ebola lasts.