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How is Ebola spread?

The Ebola virus passes from person to person via bodily fluids, including blood, saliva, semen or vaginal secretions, urine, feces, vomit, mucous and tears. You can also become infected by coming into contact with infected animals or eating their meat. The virus can remain in the testes for a long period. Thus, an infected person can transmit the virus via sexual contact for a long time after recovery. Ebola virus has not been shown to spread from person to person via coughs and sneezes.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 28 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: SARS


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