Post-Ebola Syndrome, Sierra Leone

Authors:

Scott JT, Sesay FR, Massaquoi TA, Idriss BR, Sahr F, Semple MG

Abstract:

Thousands of persons have survived Ebola virus disease. Almost all survivors describe symptoms that persist or develop after hospital discharge. A cross-sectional survey of the symptoms of all survivors from the Ebola treatment unit (ETU) at 34th Regimental Military Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone (MH34), was conducted after discharge at their initial follow-up appointment within 3 weeks after their second negative PCR result. From its opening on December 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015, the MH34 ETU treated 84 persons (8–70 years of age) with PCR-confirmed Ebola virus disease, of whom 44 survived. Survivors reported musculoskeletal pain (70%), headache (48%), and ocular problems (14%). Those who reported headache had had lower admission cycle threshold Ebola PCR than did those who did not (p<0.03). This complete survivor cohort from 1 ETU enables analysis of the proportion of symptoms of post-Ebola syndrome. The Ebola epidemic is waning, but the effects of the disease will remain.

Journal:

Emerging Infectious Diseases

Year:

2016

PMID:

26983037

Hyperlink:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/22/4/15-1302_article

Research Themes:

Clinical Surveillance