Follow-up of Ebola virus disease survivors in Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Amanda Tiffany, Epicentre, describes the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) of unprecedented scale has affected the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since March 2014. In Sierra Leone, 10,934 cases and 3341 deaths due to EVD had been reported to February 16, 2015. The magnitude of the outbreak has resulted in thousands of survivors of EVD. Limited data are available on long-term problems following EVD. On December 10, 2014, MSF opened an Ebola Management Centre (EMC) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. By February 16th, 172 EVD-confirmed patients had been admitted, and 78 discharged as recovered. A follow-up programme for survivors began in early February with the aim of addressing the long-term consequences of Ebola and providing early treatment. We have described preliminary data after 2 weeks of the clinic being open. We will also be looking at the evolution of symptoms and improvements after treatment in longer term analyses. Information gathered from this follow-up programme will help improve clinical management of survivors and allow health-care workers to presumptively treat, diagnose, and manage conditions.

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