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Emergencies preparedness, response

Ebola survivors

Clinical care for survivors of Ebola virus disease

At the Ebola survivors clinic in Liberia, 2015
WHO/C. Bailey

21 April 2016 -- Ebola virus RNA has been detected at low levels in breast milk up to 16 months after onset of symptoms. More evidence is needed to know the precise duration and infectivity of Ebola virus persistence in breast milk. Ebola survivors who are lactating may wish to have their breast milk tested for Ebola virus by RT-PCR. Women who do not know the status of their breast milk or who were tested and for whom no Ebola virus RNA was detected should continue breastfeeding.

Ebola survivors

WHO is providing assistance to survivors

Ebola survivors and their families should have access to the support they need to re-establish their livelihoods.
WHO/S. Gborie

March 2016 -- Today, there are over 10,000 survivors of Ebola virus disease. A number of medical problems have been reported in survivors, including mental health issues. Ebola virus may persist in some body fluids, including semen. Ebola survivors need comprehensive support for the medical and psychosocial challenges they face and also to minimize the risk of continued Ebola virus transmission.