An American doctor, who was declared free of the virus, found Ebola in his eyeball. According to New York Times, Dr Ian Crozier had a bad pain in his left eye. He also claimed to have a bad eyesight.
An American doctor, who was declared free of the virus, found Ebola in his eyeball.
According to New York Times, Dr Ian Crozier had a bad pain in his left eye. He also claimed to have a bad eyesight. That happened to him two months after he was released from hospital in October. His eye also began to fade in color: from blue to bright green.
Doctors carried out a lot of tests, they were also forced to needle his eye and remove some fluid from it. The results were shocking to everyone, the doctor was positive for the virus.
Dr Crozier told the Times that it had felt almost personal that the virus was in his eye and he didn’t know about it.
To treat the infection medics used steroids and an experimental antiviral drug. In few months Ian Crozier returned his vision and his left eye became blue again.
He was infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone. In September, when he was delivered to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, his condition was critical.
Although his eye was infected with Ebola, patient wasn’t dangerous to anyone as samples of from tears and the outer eye membrane tested negative.
Associate professor of ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine, Steven Yeh, said that it is very important to check patients eyes after they were declared free of virus.
Ebola can live in semen months after it has been removed from the blood. A research on the case was released by the New England Journal of Medicine.
About 10,000 people have died of Ebola in West Africa.