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Ebola left various ailments among survivors

LINA/Benjamin S. Taingay

(elbcradio.com/Sept. 24, 2015)-The Principal Investigator of the Ebola Natural History Study, Dr. Mosoka Fallah, says "Though Ebola has dropped to zero, it has left behind variety of ailments among survivors.

Dr. Fallah named complications being experienced by Ebola survivors as severe headaches, Tinnitus, joint and muscle pain, eye fatigue and blur vision, impotency and protracted period of erection, among others.

He made the disclosure recently at the Ministry of Information regular press conference in Monrovia.

Dr. Fallah said: “Significant numbers of pregnant survivors are experiencing miscarriages and stillbirths.” The Ebola Natural History Study is a Liberia-US joint Clinical Research project.

The project was launched in Monrovia on June 17, 2015 and is being implemented by Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL).

Dr. Fallah explained that the project seeks to unravel the unknowns that are associated with the virus to optimize clinical care to provide survivors effective prevention and treatment against future Ebola outbreaks.

“The research targets about 1,500 survivors and 6, 000 of their close contacts to be examined by researchers to know whether survivors can transmit the virus to their household contacts or sexual partners,” he noted.

It also targets survivors and their close contacts to determine whether survivors are “immune” to or protected from contracting the Ebola virus in the future.

The Principal Investigator of the Ebola Natural History Study also noted that as at Friday, September 18, a total of 743 people had enrolled in the study, of which 663 are survivors, while 80 are their close contacts.

He further noted: “Of the figure, 415 are females, 328 males, while 25 are children under 12.”

“The participants will be evaluated every six months, following the baseline examination and survey for the next five years,” Dr. Fallah added.

 


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