Although Ebola survivors have been able to conquer what seems to be an insurmountable disaster in their life, the war is not yet over for them, they now have a new problem to contend with. And those are health and risk issues.
Ebola infections may have have declined in the past months, WHO continues to class Ebola as a major health disaster. Over 25,000 people were infected in three African nations and, some 10,000 have died.Ebola a highly infectious disease with an incubation period that runs to twenty-one days. A common sign of the illness is bleeding from puncture sites and mucous membranes. Death comes to those unable to overcome the disease, due to multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. But, an ample number of people, if treated, were able to pull through. Though, peril is not necessarily over. The recurrent health risks faced by Ebola survivors include eye and joint complications, states a new WHO medical assessment study.
With regards to post-Ebola related issues, a number of patients have conveyed problems with their vision, joints and on-going fatigue. Psychosocial support officer for the World Health Organization in Kenema, Dr Margaret Nanyonga, said in a WHO report, “We are seeing a lot of people with vision problems. Some complain of clouded vision, but for others the visual loss is progressive. I have seen 2 people who are now blind.”
Medics professional have now called the symptoms post-Ebola syndrome for such health issues.
In a related, somewhat disturbing news, WHO reports that a person may have caught Ebola through sexual activity with a recovered patient. BBC reported, WHO scientists are weighing the feasibility of offering screening as to check if the virus is still present in the semen, 90 days after male survivors have been declared Ebola free.