A member of the World Health Organisation Committee of Experts on Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, Prof. Victor Inem, has said that cured Ebola victims could re-contract the same virus if they contact fresh carriers of the disease.
He stated this at a one-day train-the-trainer workshop on Ebola prevention and control organised during the week for stakeholders by the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.
Speaking on the overview of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Inem said, “Even when victims of EVD have been cured, there are still possibilities that they can re-contract the virus if they do not avoid body fluids from sufferers and animals believed to be carriers of the virus.
“It is very possible for cured victims to re-contract the virus when he brings himself closer to sufferers through sex, other body fluids, eating of some animals which are reservoirs of the virus or through processes of burning victims.”
He, however, called on cured victims to distance themselves from sufferers.
Inem warned against embalmment and unnecessarily prolonged funeral services in parts of Nigeria where corpses were often touched or kissed.
It will be recalled that the confirmation of the outbreak of the virus in Lagos on Thursday, July 24, 2014 by the Lagos State Ministry of health caused panic across the country.