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Verona, CA
A 19-year-old female asked:

can people infected with ebola transmit the virus after they have recovered and become asymptomatic?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
No: They can't
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Seems to be: controversial. See: http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-10-15/heres-everything-you-wish-you-didnt-need-know-about-ebola ** Per Dr Emmanuel d'Harcourt: "Ebola virus has been shown to be present in sperm up to three months after the onset of symptoms, and there has been at least one documented case of a man infecting another person three months after the onset of symptoms, through sexual contact." >
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Dr. D’Harcourt is senior health director for the International Rescue Committee (helping West Africa). ** "Abstinence from sex or the use of condoms during sex, as well as avoidance of breastfeeding and contact with the mucous membranes of the eye for at least 3 months after recovery, are still recommended to avoid possible exposure to EBOV in the aforementioned immunologically protected sites."
Nov 9, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Per: http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/196/Supplement_2/S142.full. With the above controversial possible exceptions - a person does not transmit Ebola after they have recovered.
Nov 9, 2014

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Palo Alto, CA
A 34-year-old female asked:

Can people infected with Ebola transmit the virus after they have recovered and become asymptomatic?

9 doctor answers33 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Ebola: No. Once having recovered from this infection the patients are no longer carrying the virus and cannot transmit the infection to others.
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
In fact, the blood serum of some of those recovered patients has been given to other symptomatic patients as an experimental drug, since those who have recovered have likely developed antibodies to Ebola.
Nov 5, 2014
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Those patients survived because they developed antibodies that warded off the disease; so those antibodies are still in their blood & no virus could survive to infect others. As mentioned by Dr. Seibert, their blood is being used to treat infected pts.
Nov 5, 2014
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See Dr. Fowler's answer in re viral longevity in seminal fluid (per WHO)
Nov 5, 2014

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