In your daily “The Sky Is Falling” report: We’re all going to die from Ebola. Yes, even the people who recover from Ebola, are still going to succumb to its lingering effects. Remember the nurse from Scotland? Pauline Cafferkey? Who beat the odds and recovered from Ebola 10 months ago? She’s been rehospitalized and is now critically ill, the Royal Free Hospital in London reported Wednesday.
Doctors say Ms. Cafferkey’s illness is “an unusual late complication of her previous infection”. The virus managed to somehow persist and apparently re-emerged to cause a severe disorder of her central nervous system. Dr. Aylward said her spinal fluid had tested positive for traces of Ebola.
“This isn’t a recurrence of Ebola hemorrhagic fever; this is clearly a meningitis-like syndrome, a neurological syndrome, which is a result of the lingering of Ebola virus,” said Stuart T. Nichol, chief of the viral special pathogens branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
From The New York Times:
Scientists have long known that the Ebola virus can persist for months in certain tissues of the body that are relatively protected from the immune system, including the eyes and the testes.
A report published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, for instance, found traces of Ebola in some men’s semen up to nine months after they fell ill. Another report in the same journal presented additional evidence that an Ebola survivor in Liberia had transmitted the disease to a sexual partner roughly six months after having developed symptoms.
So, even if you survive your bout with Ebola, you’re pretty much doomed.