Ebola Virus Persistence in Semen Ex Vivo

Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Feb;22(2):289-91. doi: 10.3201/eid2202.151278.


On March 20, 2015, a case of Ebola virus disease was identified in Liberia that most likely was transmitted through sexual contact. We assessed the efficiency of detecting Ebola virus in semen samples by molecular diagnostics and the stability of Ebola virus in ex vivo semen under simulated tropical conditions.

Keywords: Ebola; Ebola diagnostics; Ebola virus disease; qRT-PCR; semen; sexual transmission; viruses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cell Line
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Ebolavirus / genetics*
  • Female
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / diagnosis*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / microbiology*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / transmission
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Semen / virology*