Important information on ebola for reproductive health providers
From the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
"People remain infectious as long as their blood and body fluids, including semen and breast milk, contain the virus. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness." http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
From the CDC website:
"If someone survives Ebola, can he or she still spread the virus?
Once someone recovers from Ebola, they can no longer spread the virus. However, Ebola virus has been found in semen for up to 3 months.
Abstinence from sex (including oral sex) is recommended for at least 3 months. If abstinence is not possible, condoms may help prevent the spread of disease." Click Here
"Recommendations for breastfeeding/infant feeding in the context of ebola
There is not enough evidence to provide guidance on when it is safe to resume breastfeeding after a mother's recovery, unless her breast milk can be shown to be Ebola virus-free by laboratory testing. In the one case in which breast milk was tested, Ebola virus was identified in the breast milk of a lactating woman 7 and 15 days after disease onset". Click Here
What Ob-Gyns should know about ebola: Click Here
DOH now has an Ebola website with information about what we know about the disease and what state and local public health and medical services are doing to be prepared.