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Ebola survivors still struggling to live

By Julie Borg

Posted Aug. 14, 2015, 08:58 a.m.

The West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2014 has afflicted about 27,000 people so far and has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 of its victims. The disease is ebbing, but for survivors, the battle is far from over.

As the number of new Ebola cases dwindles, healthcare centers in West Africa are transitioning to survivor clinics to assist the people who beat the odds but now have to live with the aftermath.

Nearly half of Ebola survivors are plagued with what doctors have dubbed post-Ebola syndrome, a lingering condition of declining health with a multitude of symptoms. The most common health issues are body aches, weakness, joint pain, general fatigue, hearing loss, rash, and an inflammation of the eye—uveitis—that can lead to blindness if not treated promptly.