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Dr. Fallah On Ebola Natural History Study Research
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Dr. Fallah On Ebola Natural History Study Research
By Prince S. Nagbe, LINA

MONROVIA, September 22 (LINA) – "Though Ebola has dropped to zero, it has left behind variety of ailments among survivors," Dr. Mosoka Fallah, Principal Investigator of the Ebola Natural History Study, has disclosed.

Dr. Fallah named complications being experienced by Ebola survivors as severe headaches, Tinnitus, joint and muscle pain, eye fatigue and blur vision, impotency and protracted period of erection, among others.

Making the disclosure at the Ministry of Information press conference in Monrovia Tuesday, Dr. Fallah said significant numbers of pregnant survivors are experiencing miscarriages and stillbirths.

The Ebola Natural History Study, a Liberia-US joint Clinical Research project, which was launched in Monrovia on June 17, 2015, is being implemented by Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus In Liberia (PREVAIL).

Dr. Fallah explained that the project seeks to unravel the unknowns that are associated with the virus to optimize clinical care that will provide survivors in Liberia and the world effective prevention and treatment against future Ebola

He said the research targets about 1,500 survivors and 6, 000 of their close contacts to be examined by researchers to know whether survivors can transmit the virus to their household contacts or sexual partners and to also determine if survivors are “immune” or protected from contracting the Ebola virus in the future.

He revealed that as at Friday, September 18, a total of 743 people had enrolled in the study, of which 663 are survivors, while 80 are their close contacts. Of this figure, 415 are females, 328 males, while 25 are children under 12 years old.

Fallah noted that the participants will be evaluated every six months following the baseline examination and survey for the next five years.

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