Ebola Victims Infectious for a Week After Death, Nonhuman Primate Study Finds

February 13, 2015 10:45 PM

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The Ebola virus remains viable for at least seven days after death in non-human primates. A new study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, suggests that Ebola transmission from deceased individuals may be possible for an extended period of time after death, underscoring the importance of using safe practices for handling corpses.

The study was conducted by testing and sampling the body surfaces and tissues of five deceased macaques used as controls in Ebola virus studies that were euthanized after showing signs of the disease, according to this press release on the NIH website. To assess the stability of the virus post-morte...

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