A 26-year-old Indian working in Liberia, who was cured of Ebola in September, has been quarantined after his semen sample showed traces of Ebola virus. Though he has tested negative for Ebola, some traces of the virus were found in his semen, which makes it possible for him to sexually transmit the deadly disease that has claimed over 5,000 lives globally since its outbreak in March. As per experts, the virus can remain in secretions like semen and urine for up to 90 days after successful treatment. Therefore, the Indian authorities plan to keep him under observation for the next three months. The deadly virus has wreaked havoc in west Africa since an outbreak in March.
The man travelled from Liberia to India and after reaching Delhi on November 10, underwent the mandatory screening at Delhi Airport. He carried a certificate of medical clearance from the Liberia government, mentioning about his successful treatment for Ebola. He had been declared free of any clinical symptoms and confirmed negative by laboratory analysis. However, he was isolated at the Airport Health Organization’s quarantine centre at Delhi airport and his blood samples tested at the National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi. They were found negative for Ebola virus by Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT–PCR) tests that are considered confirmatory. Though under World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) specifications, he was "cured", his semen and urine samples were sent for analysis for re-confirmation. Currently, he does not having any symptoms of the disease. However, he would be kept under isolation in the special health facility of Delhi Airport Health Organization, till such time his body fluids test negative and he is found medically fit to be discharged.
All necessary precautions are being taken at the isolation facility to rule out even the remote possibility of the spread of this disease by the sexual route. The situation is fully under control and there is no need for any alarm.