Persistent Neurologic Symptoms Common in Ebola Survivors as originally seen in Medscape
Looks like the Ebola survivors are still suffering months after being cleared of the infection. The National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke has enrolled 1,500 Ebola survivors and 6,000 of their closest friends and family as controls to see what lingering effects Ebola will have on the survivors over the next 5 years.
So far the victims are showing several concerning neurologic symptoms including: headache, mild-severe memory loss, vision troubles, eye movement problems, seizures, weakness, depression, muscular pain, hallucinations, suicidal ideation, tremors, abnormal reflexes.
The article doesn’t go into much detail, but with vision and eye movement problems combined, I bet we’re talking a VOR issue here. I would think the depression could explain the weakness, muscular pain and suicidal ideations. And then the depression would probably stem from having community integration troubles because of the memory loss.
Interesting if nothing else. But also good to know that cluster of symptoms in case you have some one from western Africa wander into your clinic, as I’m sure few if any medical curricula are covering Ebola. Store that away in the back of your mind.