Indian national quarantined after semen tests positive for Ebola

Indian national quarantined after semen tests positive for Ebola

Indian national quarantined after semen tests positive for Ebola

Written by Staff Writer

19 Nov, 2014 | 11:27 am

An Indian national who had been cured of Ebola but continued to show traces of virus in his semen upon his arrival in India has been placed in quarantine.

According to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the individual who undergone treatment for the Ebola virus in Liberia had returned to India after being cleared to travel.

The Indian officials however had taken a cautious approach even thought the indiaividual was carrying  a certificate of medical clearance from Liberia and had tested 3 blood samples of the individual for the deadly virus. After these tests proved to be negative Indian authorities took steps to test his other bodily fluids.

His semen sample tested at National Centre for Disease Control on 17th November, 2014 was found positive for Ebola Virus. The 26 year old is currently being kept under isolation in a special health facility of Delhi Airport Health Organization and will remain there till such time his body fluids test negative and he is found medically fit to be discharged.

Doctors have known for decades that the Ebola virus persists in semen for months after a person recovers from the disease as antibodies produced in the bloodstream don’t reach the testicles. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends that men abstain from sex for three months after recovery from Ebola.

 

 

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