Monday, November 30, 2015

Ocular Ebola

Surprisingly,  Ebola virus lingers in the eye - more precisely, in the aqueous humor, most likely released from surrounding tissues.

Two cases in the US are now documented:

",,,But about two weeks after he was released from the hospital, [Richard] Sacra reported vision loss, pain, redness and sensitivity to light in his left eye. An examination showed a slight swelling of his cornea, and there were white blood cells in the space between the outer covering and the iris in his eye, the report said. Sacra was given a topical corticosteroid to apply to his eye every hour while he was awake.

"But Sacra's vision worsened, and he was given an oral corticosteroid, called prednisone. Within a week, his condition improved, and by March 2015, he had no symptoms and had 20-20 vision, the report said."

"Another American Ebola survivor, Dr. Ian Crozier, also had serious eye problems after he was declared Ebola-free, including blurry vision, pain and pressure in his left eye. At one point, his eye even changed color, from blue to green."