Article Abstract

Persistence of Ebola virus in the semen of male survivors

Authors: Roland K. Hartmann, Arnold Grünweller, Thomas Strecker


The 2014–2016 epidemic of Ebola virus (EBOV) in West Africa was the longest and geographically most widespread Ebola outbreak ever recorded. According to the World Health Organization, it caused more than 28,616 human cases and 11,310 fatalities, but the actual case numbers are assumed to be even higher due to undetected and unreported cases. The unprecedented dimension of the outbreak has resulted in thousands of survivors of Ebola virus disease (EVD), many of whom suffer from physical and mental health problems (1-3).