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The Long-Term Effects of Surviving Ebola

By Edward K. Chapnick

Doctors don’t yet know a lot about the long-term effects of surviving Ebola, but they do know many survivors suffer from health problems post-recovery. Sometimes called post-Ebola syndrome, here are some of the afflictions associated with Ebola survival that doctors have discovered:

  • The virus stays in semen and breast milk for up to three months.

  • Extreme fatigue.

  • Arthralgia, a type of joint pain that’s similar to arthritis, but without the joint swelling and damage.

  • Uvetitis, which is an inflammation that can cause excess tearing, eye sensitivity, eye inflammation, blurred vision, floating spots in the vision, eye pain, redness, and sensitivity to light. In some cases, it can go away in a few days or weeks with treatment (although relapses are common). In other cases, it can last for months or years and may cause permanent impairment or blindness, even with treatment.

  • Damage to kidneys, liver, heart, and long-term fertility issues (as is the case in patients of any severe viral infection).

As for the actual cause(s) of these conditions, doctors are still trying to figure out whether it’s actually the disease itself, the treatments, or maybe something in or related to the intense disinfection procedures — or maybe a combination of everything.