What side effects might Ebola survivors experience after they recover?

What side effects might Ebola survivors experience after they recover?

For some, surviving wasn’t the end of their challenges. Many of the recent epidemic’s 16,000+ Ebola survivors suffer from chronic, long-term health problems including headaches, joint pain, and eye problems caused by Ebola.

Has anyone survived Ebola?

Only about 620 of the more than 2,200 people who have contracted the virus have been cured, according to the DRC government. These survivors, who are protected from reinfection, are helping to curb the outbreak.

What is the life expectancy of someone with Ebola?

Table 1: Data sources on EVD and non-EVD mortality in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Liberia Sierra Leone
Life expectancy (pre-outbreak estimates)
IHME (2013)** 63.1 years 57.7 years
WHO (2012)*** 61.8 years 45.7 years
EVD surveillance

What percentage of Ebola victims survive?

The chance of survival was 64.7% in 51 patients who had survived 8 days or greater after symptom onset and 86.1% in 36 patients who had survived 12 days or greater after symptom onset. Survival of patients with Ebola virus disease after first day of hospitalization according to age strata.

How is Ebola treated now?

Currently, there is no specific medical treatment for Ebola hemorrhagic fever according to the CDC. The CDC recommends the following medical treatments for Ebola-infected patients: Providing intravenous fluids (IV) and balancing electrolytes (body salts) Maintaining oxygen status and blood pressure.

Can you catch Ebola twice?

Experts say there has been a working assumption that Ebola survivors generally have immunity from the disease. There have been no documented cases of reinfection but some researchers consider it to be at least a theoretical possibility, while the recurrence of a previous infection is considered extremely rare.

Is there natural immunity to Ebola?

Survivors are thought to have some protective immunity to the type of Ebola that sickened them. It is not known if people who recover are immune for life or if they can later become infected with a different species of Ebola virus. Some survivors may have long-term complications, such as joint and vision problems.