Ebola survivors must abstain from sex for 3 months: WHO


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TORONTO – Men who have survived the Ebola virus need to abstain from sex for three months to reduce the risk of transmission, the World Health Organization is warning.

The deadly virus that health officials are trying to tame in West Africa could stay in their semen for up to 82 days – longer than in blood or other bodily fluids.

“Men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease should be aware that seminal fluid may be infectious for as long as three months after the onset of symptoms,” WHO said in a weekend statement.

“Because of the potential to transmit the virus sexually during this time, they should maintain good personal hygiene after masturbation, and either abstain from sex (including oral sex)…or use condoms if abstinence is not possible,” the statement advises.

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