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Biomed Res Int. 2018 Jun 28;2018:1909410. doi: 10.1155/2018/1909410. eCollection 2018.

Post-Ebola Syndrome among Ebola Virus Disease Survivors in Montserrado County, Liberia 2016.

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1
Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, Department of Epidemiology and Disease Control, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
2
Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program, Monrovia, Liberia.

Abstract

Introduction:

An increased number of survivors have emerged from the 2014 West African Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic. Post-Ebola Syndrome (PES) is a group of physical and psychological symptoms affecting EVD survivors. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of PES among EVD survivors in Montserrado County, Liberia.

Method:

A cross-sectional study design was conducted to determine the prevalence of PES, types, onset, and duration among survivors. Survivors in Montserrado County were recruited using multistage sampling methods. Quantitative data was collected using semistructured questionnaire. Variables were collected on EVD survivors demographics, pre- and post-Ebola health history.

Result:

Prevalence of Post-Ebola Syndrome was estimated to be 90% (242/268). PES was experienced by 67% (162/242) females. PES occurred mainly in the adult population between ages 25-34, 35% (84/242). The commonest symptoms were reported from the following systems of the human body: neurological system (eyes problem, headache, sleep disorder, and unusual tiredness) and musculoskeletal system (abdominal pain, chest pain, and joints pains). The onset of PES occurred between the first 1-12 weeks after being discharged from a treatment unit.

Conclusion:

Prevalence of PES is high. Clinical care for survivors should be strengthened.

PMID:
30050920
PMCID:
PMC6046154
DOI:
10.1155/2018/1909410
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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