NYT: For the First Time, a Female Ebola Survivor Infects Others

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Previously, Ebola was thought to only be transmitted sexually through males, as the virus can survive in semen for two years. However, in Liberia a woman carried the virus for two years and fell ill a second time soon after giving birth. This is the first instance where a woman has carried the virus dormant and then transmitted it to another person. She transmitted it to her son, who died ten days after his symptoms began showing. Ebola trackers established the group of people that the family came into contact with, all were vaccinated with the Merck vaccine and as a result did not get sick.

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