Doctors knew it was technically possible for it to spread through semen, also, but had never documented a case.

Several reports issued this week have slammed the global response to Ebola as far too little, far too late. It’s been just about a year since the outbreak was recognized.

“Had (the WHO and the United Nations) responded earlier and more effectively after the first signs of an uncharacteristic outbreak, it is likely that the number of lives lost, the impact on health infrastructure, and the magnitude of the eventual response could have been drastically diminished,” a team of experts at Massachusetts General Hospital and Georgetown University wrote in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine.