The legacy of Ebola . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j458 (Published 02 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j458

Surviving Ebola

Unlike previous outbreaks, the West African epidemic of Ebola in 2013-6 left a large number of survivors. Four medical centres in Guinea recruited 802 patients who had recovered from proven Ebola infection (Lancet Infect Dis doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30516-3). Persistent symptoms were present in 78% at a median of 350 days after viral clearance from the blood. These included malaise, muscle pain, headache, abdominal pain, depression, and ocular symptoms. A positive reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction in semen was found in 10 (5%) of 188 men, at a maximum of 548 days after disease onset.

Sick kids and YouTubes

Parental video recordings of their children's illnesses can sometimes be useful to clinicians, but what if they are uploaded for general viewing on YouTube? A group of London paediatricians looked at …

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