Ebola Risks Persist for Survivors

Ebola survivors in Guinea had 5X the mortality risk in their first year after discharge compared with the general population, according to a study published yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
 
Of 1,130 people studied in their first year after discharge, 55 died, compared to the 11 that would be expected for Guineans generally. Severely ill Ebola patients who spent more time in the hospital showed an especially increased risk.
 
Cause of death documentation was lacking, but the authors tentatively tied 37 of the deaths to kidney failure and called for more research on renal failure in survivors, according to a EurekAlert news release.
 
The results could help guide survivors’ programs and the prioritization of funds. “For example, those hospitalised with Ebola for longer may be at greater risk, and could be specifically targeted,” says co-author Judith Glynn, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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