Wednesday, 23 December 2015

More Health Troubles For Ebola Survivors

On Wednesday,  a team of researchers reported that Ebola survivors may suffer potentially blinding vision problems, hearing loss and joint pain for months post-recovery.

The experts examined 277 Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone, about four months after they were discharged, and found that: nearly 80 percent of the survivors reported joint pain; 60 percent experienced vision problems; 18 percent suffered eye inflammation that could make them blind, and a quarter reported hearing difficulties.

The new study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, is reportedly the largest and most detailed yet into the nature of post-Ebola complications, and how widespread they were.

Asides the complications, the researchers found that the higher a patient's "viral load" had been at the height of their illness, the worse the complications afterwards.

Prior to this study, the World Health Organization (WHO) had confirmed that Ebola virus may persist for up to a year in the eye or semen, and in the breast milk of women infected while pregnant.

However, the WHO website says transmission by survivors, sexually or otherwise, "appears to be rare".

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