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November 19, 2014 16:31

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A 26-year-old Indian from Liberia, cured of Ebola there, was quarantined in New Delhi after his semen samples show-ed traces of the virus. the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

The Union health ministry said his three blood samples tested at the National Centre for Disease Control on November 10-13 were found negative, but his semen sample, tested at NCDC and Pune’s National Institute of Virology, tested positive.

"It is a known fact that, during convalescence from Ebola Virus Disease, persons continue to shed virus in bodily fluids for variable periods," the ministry said.

The presence of virus in his semen samples may have the possibility of transmitting the disease through sexual route up to 90 days from time of clinical cure.

India has screened thousands of passengers travelling from Ebola-hit West Africa in recent weeks.

The indian man carried documents stating that he had been cure,he will be kept in quantile untill the virus is cleaned and will undergo tests for next days name was not disclosed because it wsa sensitive matter.

It is not an Ebola case, he is an Ebola-treated patient who is negative in blood but whose body fluid is positive. He has no symptoms," the official said, declining to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Peter Piot Man who discovered said India has a huge population and urban centres are very densely packed, which could pose a challenge if any cases did arrive, as it makes it harder to isolate patients and trace their contacts for observation. Lack of adequate sanitation is also a problem in parts of the country.   

The current outbreak of Ebola is the worst on record. It has killed at least 5,177 people, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, according to the latest figures from the WHO.

(AW: Arun Kumar)

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