(Scientist Magazine) Ebola virus remains present in semen much longer than previously recognized, according to a study involving more than 400 men. The paper reporting the results was published in The Lancet Global Health on Tuesday (August 30). In one patient, researchers detected viral RNA 565 days after the patient recovered from symptoms. Previously, researchers believed Ebola virus lasted in semen up to nine months after recovery, STAT News reports.
Ebola can persist in a variety of tissues where the immune system is less active, even after the virus is no longer detectable in the blood stream. The virus might be transmitted after months of lying low, potentially sparking an outbreak in an area thought to be clear of Ebola.