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Ebola patient dated survivor

25 March 2015, 10:17

Monrovia - A Liberian official says a woman who tested positive for Ebola last week is dating a survivor of the disease, offering a possible explanation for how she became the first confirmed case in Liberia after a total absence of cases for more than two weeks.

Survivors of Ebola are not generally considered contagious, but the virus lingers in semen. Scientists urge survivors not to have sex for three months after treatment. Sexual transmission of Ebola has not yet been documented, but it may be possible.

Also read: Ebola relapses a year later

Dr Francis Kateh, acting head of Liberia's Ebola Case Management Team, said on Tuesday that samples have been taken from the boyfriend for testing.

Before this new case was confirmed last week, Liberia had been counting down to being declared Ebola-free after weeks without an infection.

- AP


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