The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa infected more than 28,000 people and killed over 11,000. Many Ebola survivors report experiencing a range of chronic symptoms after recovering from the disease.
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health assisted in a study that examined the health of Ebola survivors and confirms that the survivors do tend to suffer from an increased number of health issues.
The report, co-led by professor Dr. Cavan Reilly, was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Reilly is the associate director of the school’s Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research, which oversaw the design, conduct and analysis of the study run in collaboration with the Liberian government and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The study found that:
“The findings suggest there’s a great need to provide follow-up care for Ebola survivors to help them deal with lingering health problems,” said Dr. Reilly.