Liberia calls for sexual abstinence to cut Ebola transmission risk

By Alphonso Toweh MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberia called on Ebola survivors on Sunday to strictly observe a period of sexual abstinence after recovering from the disease, amid fears the country’s last case may have resulted from sexual transmission. More than 10,300 people have succumbed to the disease across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three countries hardest hit by the worst Ebola epidemic on record. Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola response, said health officials were monitoring 211 individuals known to have come in contact with the woman but that none had presented symptoms of the disease. “New information indicates that sexual transmission may have occurred, but remains unproven.
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