Ebola's Lasting Brain Effects — Physician’s First Watch
Ebola's Lasting Brain Effects
By Kelly Young
All Ebola survivors in one study experienced lasting neurologic disability and abnormalities, according to results to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in April.
Researchers followed up 82 Ebola survivors 6 months after their infection. The patients' most commonly recalled, ongoing neurologic symptoms after treatment were headache, depression, myalgia, weakness, and memory loss. At 6 months, two patients were suicidal and one had hallucinations. Half the survivors had severe neurologic manifestations — including meningitis, hallucinations, or coma — at some point during follow-up.