Daily Health Headlines

Ebola Survivors Face Complications Months After Treatment, Study Finds

👤by Mary Elizabeth Dallas 0 comments 🕔Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some Ebola survivors develop vision and hearing problems as well as joint pain months after treatment, suggesting the virus lingers in some body fluids, new research shows.

Records from the Ebola Virus Disease Survivor Clinic in the West African country of Sierra Leone showed the clinic provided care for 603 of the 661 people in the Port Loko district who survived an Ebola outbreak that began in December 2013.

Complications were common among 277 survivors examined in March and April 2015, according to study senior author Dr. Sharmistha Mishra, an infectious disease specialist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto who spent five months as a clinical consultant for the Ebola response in Sierra Leone.

Of those survivors, 76 percent experienced joint pain; 60 percent developed vision problems; and 24 percent developed hearing problems, the research published Dec. 22 in the Lancet Infectious Diseases found. The study also found that 18 percent of the survivors developed inflammation of the eye. In some cases, it was serious enough that it could lead to vision loss.

The patients who had more of the virus in their blood when they were diagnosed were more likely to develop eye problems, Mishra said in a St. Michael's Hospital news release.

These symptoms were reported at the patients' follow-up appointment at the survivor clinic. The median time after discharge was 122 days, meaning half were seen sooner, half later.

During initial treatment, the Ebola virus is quickly cleared from most bodily fluids. But the study authors suggested the virus may linger in what they called "immunologically privileged" sanctuaries such as semen and a type of fluid in the eye. They said the findings highlight the need for follow-up care for Ebola survivors who may be struggling with complications of the disease.

The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea -- all in West Africa -- began in March 2014 and was the largest in history. It sickened nearly 29,000 people and killed 11,315, according to the World Health Organization.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

Article Credits / Source

Mary Elizabeth Dallas / HealthDay

Mary Elizabeth Dallas wrote this story for HealthDay. HealthDay provides up to the minute breaking health news. Click here to view this full article from HealthDay.

SOURCE: St. Michael's Hospital, news release, Dec. 22, 2015

View More Articles From Mary Elizabeth Dallas 🌎View Article Website

Sponsored Product

Lunar Sleep for $1.95

Lunar Sleep for $1.95

People who have trouble sleeping typically have low levels of melatonin, so melatonin supplements seem like a logical fix for insomnia. There is a high demand for sleep aids, especially in the U.S. The National Health Interview Survey done in 2002, and again in 2007, found 1.6 million US adults were using complementary and alternative sleep aids for insomnia. Lunar Sleep was a top choice. Use Promo Code: Sleep2014 and only pay $1.95 S&H.

Get Lunar Sleep for $1.95

More Infectious Disease Articles

FDA Scientists Develop Mouse Model for Zika Research

FDA Scientists Develop Mouse Model for Zika Research0

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mouse strain developed by U.S. government scientists could help speed up research into vaccines and treatments for the Zika virus, researchers report. Newborn mice of the new strain created by U.S. ...

'Superbug' Common Among N.C. Hog Workers, Study Says

'Superbug' Common Among N.C. Hog Workers, Study Says0

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some workers at hog production facilities in the United States have skin infections from drug-resistant "superbugs," researchers report. Hogs are given antibiotics to speed their growth. But, overuse of ...

Bagged Salads May Be Fertile Ground for Bacteria

Bagged Salads May Be Fertile Ground for Bacteria0

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prepackaged salads may promote the growth of salmonella bacteria, researchers report. They found that even slight damage to leaves in salad bags released juices that encouraged the spread of ...

Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says

Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says0

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe birth defects in the infants of infected mothers, is no longer a "global health emergency," the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) declared ...

U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Review

U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Review0

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals have cut in half the number of potentially deadly bloodstream infections linked to so-called central-line catheters since 2008. But, too many critically ill patients are still exposed to ...

View More Infectious Disease Articles

0 Comments

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our Mailing List

Subscribe to our mailing list to get the latest health news as it breaks!

Your information will not be shared with anyone!