Ebola Virus RNA Stability in Human Blood and Urine in West Africa’s Environmental Conditions

Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2016;22(2):292-294 DOI 10.3201/eid2202.151395


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Journal Title: Emerging Infectious Diseases

ISSN: 1080-6040 (Print); 1080-6059 (Online)

Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Internal medicine: Infectious and parasitic diseases

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Frédéric Janvier
Deborah Delaune
Thomas Poyot
Eric Valade
Audrey Mérens
Pierre E. Rollin
Vincent Foissaud


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Abstract | Full Text

We evaluated RNA stability of Ebola virus in EDTA blood and urine samples collected from infected patients and stored in West Africa’s environmental conditions. In blood, RNA was stable for at least 18 days when initial cycle threshold values were <30, but in urine, RNA degradation occurred more quickly.