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THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An American doctor who survived Ebola had traces of the virus in his eye fluid long after it was no longer present in his blood, his physicians say.
The finding suggests that other Ebola survivors should be monitored for possible Ebola-related eye problems, the doctors report in a new case study.
"The thousands of Ebola survivors in West Africa and health care workers in their home countries will need to be monitored for eye disease in the post-Ebola period," said Dr. Steven Yeh, of the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta.
The patient is Dr. Ian Crozier, an infectious disease specialists who went to Sierra Leone last August to help with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He contracted Ebola within a few weeks and was evacuated to Emory University Hospital, where he arrived in critical condition.
During his recovery, Crozier developed severe uveitis, an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye that contains many of the eye's blood vessels. The condition can destroy eye tissues and cause vision loss.
The case study, published May 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine, was to be presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, in Denver.
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SOURCE: Emory University, news release, May 7, 2015