Aftershock: live virus found in Ebola survivor Ian Crozier's eye during exam by Steven Yeh
When the sickest of Emory University Hospital’s three Ebola patients, Ian Crozier, MD, recovered, he found himself back at Emory within weeks, this time with post-Ebola uveitis. Uveitis specialist Steven Yeh treated Crozier, who contracted Ebola as he volunteered in Sierra Leone to treat Ebola patients. Removal of fluid from the eye in a procedure called an anterior chamber paracentesis demonstrated live Ebola virus. Discovering thelive virus as a result of this invasive procedure became the subject of vast media coverage (see media links below).
Crozier has experienced visual recovery following therapy for the uveitis and ongoing ophthalmic follow-up. Through a combination of focused care—initially with his Ebola recovery at Emory University Hospital—and then at Emory Eye Center for his post-Ebola uveitis, Crozier ultimately regained health, though he still has a few lingering effects of the virus.
Surveillance for the development of eye disease in the post Ebola period is needed. Yeh and his team’s Quiet Eye West Africa initiative, returning to those areas of outbreak and following up with Ebola survivors for ocular issues, has been of immense help to those in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The ongoing efforts of Yeh, then 3rd year resident, Jessica Shantha (res. ’12-15), and oculoplastics surgeon Brent Hayek have helped many in West Africa who are dealing with post-Ebola ocular issues. The team has made two trips, bringing their unique expertise to Sierra Leone health administrators and survivors of Ebola.