There is a high chance that the Ebola virus will spread rapidly through unprotected sex, says health officials. Ebola has caused the death of thousands of people around the globe, and the numbers could go higher if health experts don’t heed the newly published report seriously.
Past Ebola survivors can easily transmit the virus to others through sex almost as twice swiftly as previously assumed.
Scientists previously thought that Ebola could linger in the semen for 3 months at most, but a recent case in West Africa suggested that infection derived from unprotected sex can ensue five months later.
At this point, there is no way but protection to stop this infection. Doctors have evaluated this case and advised all male survivors of Ebola not to engage in unprotected sexual activity. Ebola survivors were advised by doctors to use condoms as precautionary measures for at least three months.
The event which prompted doctors to conclude regarding this health scare, according to Health experts was a report released on Friday, was about the case of a 44-year-old Liberian woman, who was tested positive with Ebola. The likely source of her infections was transmitted by a 46-year-old Ebola patient, who got infected by Ebola last September.
This man in March had sexual activity with her and within a week’s time, died. Though, he had sex with another woman about the same time, the woman tested negative.
The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact of the bodily fluids, like saliva, urine, sweat and semen of an infected individual. As per U.S. Centers for Disease Control report, there have been a few cases of recently confirmed transmission of Ebola virus through unprotected sex in the African nation, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Although, there has been no confirmed cases yet. If left uncheck and ignored, the number of such cases can increase in the near future.