Patient discussions

Patients requesting information on Marburg virus disease can be referred to the World Health Organization (WHO) website:

or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:

Semen and breast milk from survivors may remain infectious for weeks or months after recovery.[17] Although there is a lack of evidence in Marburg virus disease, to reduce the risk of transmission:

  • Women with suspected or confirmed infection should be advised to avoid breastfeeding and close contact with their infants.[56]

  • Men who have recovered from Marburg virus disease should be advised to abstain from sex or practice safer sex for 12 months, or until their semen has tested negative for Marburg virus twice.[17]

Currently, Ebola virus disease survivors from the 2014 to 2016 West Africa Ebola virus disease outbreak are being followed and it is hoped that studying the recovery and ongoing symptoms will provide insight and educational materials for future filovirus patients.[69]

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