[Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.]
Increased mortality in survivors of Ebola virus disease
Hugues Fausther-Bovendo, Gary Kobinger
Published: September 04, 2019 / DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(19)30429-3
Long-term sequelae of Ebola virus disease—including myalgia, arthralgia, ocular diseases, and mental confusion—have come to light in survivors of the 2014–16 Ebola outbreak in west Africa. The frequency and duration of these sequelae, which are collectively referred to as post-Ebola virus disease syndrome, have since been reported. 1 However, information about subsequent mortality in survivors of Ebola is scarce. Anecdotal reports and one previous study 2 have documented the unexpected death of survivors of Ebola virus disease after viral clearance and discharge from Ebola treatment units, suggesting that the acute phase of the disease can lead to protracted death in some survivors, but no systematic investigations of increased mortality in survivors have previously been published.
Keywords: Ebola; West Africa; Ebola-Makona.