Ebola Victims Infectious For More Than a Week

February 13, 2015 3:16 PM

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According to a new study, it appears that Ebola victims are still contagious after death. Scientists from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigated 5 Ebola-infected monkeys that had passed away and found the virus remained active for more than least seven days while the non-infectious viral RNA remained active for up to 70 days post-mortem.

In order to be able to investigate the behaviour of the deadly virus, scientists placed the dead bodies in a chamber that mimics the environmental conditions found in West Africa. Then they sampled 7 different body surfaces and also removed tissue samples from4 internal organs in order to measure th...

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