Ebola Virus Transmission Caused by Persistently Infected Survivors of the 2014-2016 Outbreak in West Africa

Lorenzo Subissi, Mory Keita, Samuel Mesfin, Giovanni Rezza, Boubacar Diallo, Steven Van Gucht, Emmanuel Onuche Musa, Zabulon Yoti, Sakoba Keita, Mamoudou Harouna Djingarey, Amadou Bailo Diallo, Ibrahima Soce Fall

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Abstract

The 2014-2016 Ebola virus (EBOV) disease outbreak affected over 29 000 people and left behind the biggest cohort (over 17 000 individuals) of Ebola survivors in history. Although the persistence of EBOV in body fluids of survivors was reported before the recent outbreak, new evidence revealed that the virus can be detected up to 18 months in the semen, which represents the biggest risk of Ebola resurgence in affected communities. In this study, we review the knowledge on the Ebola flare-ups that occurred after the peak of the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S287-S291
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume218
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 22 2018

Keywords

  • Ebola
  • re-emergence
  • resurgence
  • survivor
  • transmission.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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