Late ophthalmologic manifestations in survivors of the 1995 Ebola virus epidemic in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo

J Infect Dis. 1999 Feb;179 Suppl 1:S13-4. doi: 10.1086/514288.

Abstract

Three (15%) of 20 survivors of the 1995 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo enrolled in a follow-up study and 1 other survivor developed ocular manifestations after being asymptomatic for 1 month. Patients complained of ocular pain, photophobia, hyperlacrimation, and loss of visual acuity. Ocular examination revealed uveitis in all 4 patients. All patients improved with a topical treatment of 1% atropine and steroids.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Atropine / therapeutic use
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Eye Diseases / drug therapy
  • Eye Diseases / etiology*
  • Eye Diseases / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / complications*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pain / etiology
  • Steroids / therapeutic use
  • Tears / metabolism
  • Time Factors
  • Uveitis / drug therapy
  • Uveitis / etiology
  • Visual Acuity

Substances

  • Steroids
  • Atropine