As British Nurse Recovers From Post-Ebola Complications, Physicians Learning More About Long-Term Impacts Of Infection

Agence France-Presse: Sick British Ebola nurse ‘much better’
“There has been a ‘significant improvement’ in the health of a British nurse who suffered a relapse after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone, medics treating her in London said Wednesday…” (10/21).

New York Times: New Clues Into Ebola as Ill Nurse Improves
“…One question is why the virus persisted so long in Ms. Cafferkey, who became infected in Sierra Leone, where she had gone as a volunteer, and what it was doing in that time. Clues may come from studies of Ebola in nature. Ebola is thought to persist in bats without causing disease…” (Fink, 10/21).

Reuters: U.K. Ebola nurse has meningitis caused by persisting virus: doctors
“… ‘The virus re-emerged around the brain and around the spinal column to cause meningitis,’ said Michael Jacobs, an infectious diseases consultant who has been treating Cafferkey in London. … Jacobs said Cafferkey had been critically ill and at one stage last week was at high risk of dying, but had now made a significant improvement and looked likely to be able to recover…” (Shirbon/Kelland, 10/21).

Reuters: Mystery deaths in Sierra Leone spread fear of Ebola relapses
“…Doctors and health officials in Sierra Leone told Reuters that a handful of mystery deaths among discharged patients may also be types of Ebola relapses, stirring fear that the deadly virus may last far longer than previously thought in the body, causing other potentially lethal complications…” (Cham et al., 10/21).

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