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Long After Ebola ‘Cure,’ Neuro Effects Linger

Long After Ebola ‘Cure,’ Neuro Effects Linger
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Lee A. Norman, MD, MHS, MBA, discusses the possible Ebola survivor syndrome, the questions it raises about the virus’s persistence, and the implications of a post-Ebola syndrome.

Most Ebola survivors had neurologic abnormalities more than 6 months after the initial infection, according to research to be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke examined symptoms from 82 Ebola survivors in Liberia and found that most had neurologic symptoms, such as weakness, tremors, headache, memory loss, and/or muscle pain. Some had developed serious psychiatric illnesses.

Lee A. Norman, MD, MHS, MBA, is senior vice president and chief medical officer at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City.

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