The deadly Ebola virus may transmit even from dead patients says a new study, underscoring importance of using safe practices for handling corpses.

The scientists from the US National Institutes of Health sampled five deceased Ebola-infected monkeys and discovered the virus remained viable for at least seven days.

They also detected non-infectious viral RNA for up to 70 days post-mortem.

The West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been the worst hit by the Ebola outbreak.

According to the latest WHO figures, the disease has now affected 22,525 people, with deaths reaching 9,004. 

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