Disability Among Ebola Survivors and Their Close Contacts in Sierra Leone: A Retrospective Case-Controlled Cohort Study

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Jagadesh S., Sevalie S., Fatoma R., Sesay F., Sahr F., Faragher B., ...More

CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol.66, no.1, pp.131-133, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/cid/cix705
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.131-133
  • Keywords: disability, Ebola survivors, postinfection disability, Washington Group Disability Questionnaire, EVD convalescence, VIRUS DISEASE, SEQUELAE, UGANDA
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: No


Ebola survivors (21/27 [77.8%]) suffered more disability than their close contacts (6/54 [11.1%]) (adjusted odds ratio, 23.5 [95% confidence interval, 6.5-85.7]; P<.001) when measured by the Washington Group Disability Extended Questionnaire. Major limitations in vision, mobility, cognition, and affect were observed in survivors 1 year following the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak, highlighting the need for long-term rehabilitation.