The Ebola Virus Can Survive Up to Seven Days on a Dead Body, Study Finds

February 15, 2015 1:55 PM

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A team of researchers at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana found that the Ebola virus survives up to seven days after it had killed its host. The team found traces of active virus inside and on the dead bodies of several dead lab monkeys within a week.

Researchers reported their findings Thursday by publishing them in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. They now hope that their study may help health workers fighting the deadly epidemics in Western Africa have a clearer understanding on how the Ebola virus gets transmitted.

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