Increased #mortality in #survivors of #Ebola virus disease (Lancet Infect Dis., summary)

[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:


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.


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Giuseppe Michieli

I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum ( in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.