The Principal Investigator of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL), Dr. Mosoka Fallah, has said the Ebola Natural History Study has shown that there is no transfer of the Ebola Virus Disease from mothers to their babies.
The Ebola Natural History Study seeks to make determination of the health issues affecting survivors of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia.
Making the disclosure at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia on Thursday, Dr. Fallah said women who survived the virus develop high body antigens, which they transmit to their babies.
According to the Prevail official, following the launch of the study in June 2015, miscarriages and stale births among female survivors was high and as such, PREVAIL organized the Birth Cohort to understand the Clinical implications of the survivors and to know whether they can transmit the virus to their babies.
He noted that the cohort was also intended to determine the persistence of Ebola virus in breast milk and to measure the Ebola Virus Disease antibody levels for children born to EVD survivors as well assess developmental milestones of the children.
Dr. Fallah also disclosed that the study has not determined the virus in the semen and breast milk of female survivors and as such they cannot transmit the virus through sexual intercourse and through breast feeding as oppose to male survivors who have a persistence of the virus in their semen.
He noted that the study, which covers a period of five years, seeks to discover whether the complications or new diseases found among EVD survivors are new or common to the population.
Dr. Fallah noted that of the 1,548 survivors in the country, the study has enrolled 1,100 and 1,200 close contacts many of whom suffer severe weakness, erectile dysfunction and severe headache.