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The Wall Street Journal

Emory Eye Center physicians Steven Yeh, Jessica Shantha, and Brent Hayek joined Ebola survivor Ian Crozier, MD, who was treated at Emory, in Liberia to discuss issues in Ebola survivors in that country.

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New York Times

When Dr. Ian Crozier was released from Emory University Hospital in October after a long, brutal fight with Ebola that nearly ended his life, his medical team thought he was cured. But less than two months later, he was back at the hospital with fading sight, intense pain and soaring pressure in his left eye. At Emory, ophthalmologist Steven Yeh treated him for uveitis, a result of the Ebola virus."

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NBC News

The Ebola virus known to lurk in semen for months after recovery, also can stay in the eye for weeks. Though it doesn't seem to be in the tears or tissues that could infect others, it can damage vision. "This case highlights an important complication of Ebola virus disease with major implications for both individual and public health that are immediately relevant to the ongoing West African outbreak," Dr. Jay Varkey of Emory University Hospital and colleagues write in their report about former Ebola patient, Dr. Ian Crozier."

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PBS News Hour

Dr. Ian Crozier is one American health care worker who nearly lost his life while volunteering in Sierra Leone with the World Health Organization. After contracting the virus, he was evacuated to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital and he eventually recovered. Months later, the virus was found in his eye and it nearly blinded him before a series of procedures and treatments. John Fankhauser at the ELWA Hospital, a SIM mission hospital, was seeing patients with eye disease. He invited a small team from Emory headed by Dr. Steve Yeh, who had fairly rapidly become the world's expert in this disease.

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Young Ophthalmologists

After taking the lives of more than 11,000 people, the recent West African Ebola epidemic also left the largest recorded number of survivors in its wake. Those survivors now face Ebola’s aftershock.

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Dr Ian Crozier is a frontline warrior who risked his own life fighting Ebola but despite all the precautions Dr Crozier was about to become one of the statistics.

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The New York Times

The Ebola outbreak that started more than a year ago seems to be waning at last. But now, West Africa faces another difficulty: More than 13,000 people survived the virus, and many have lingering health problems.

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While presenting his story as a "survivor" of Ebola Virus Disease at IDWeek 2015, Ian Crozier said he was "happy to be here." The extended standing ovation that followed the talk is quite unusual, said James Hughes, MD, from Emory University, who is the Infectious Diseases Society of America conference chair. "I believe Dr. Crozier received a well-deserved one because of his willingness to share the details of his catastrophic acute illness and its sequelae, his empathy for affected patients, colleagues, and their communities, and his courage and commitment to continue to work to address the epidemic and its implications for the global community."

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BBC 5 Live Drive [at the 2:20 min. mark]

Emory Eye Center ophthalmologist Steven Yeh, MD, was interviewed about the ocular issues of Ebola survivors, most particularly that of Ian Crozier, MD, who was treated for his Ebola and his post-Ebola eye complications at Emory.

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BBC News

Ian Crozier, MD, recounts his incredible story of surviving Ebola, but then experiencing after effects of the disease, such as his ocular issues, treated at Emory Eye Center. "We're all learning," Crozier says of Ebola. "This virus is teaching us as we go along."

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Ocular Surgery News

Steven Yeh, MD, director of uveitis and vasculitis at Emory Eye Center, and Jessica Shantha, MD, a third-year Emory ophthalmology resident at the time, were careful in determining which treatment plan to follow because no antiviral drug has been proven to work against the Ebola virus.

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National Geographic Channel

The Ebola outbreak of 2014 almost brought the world to its knees, but has mobilized scientists and researchers, paving the way for new vaccines. In episode 1, Ian Crozier, MD, speaks about his survival after receiving highly specialized care at both Emory University Hospital and Emory Eye Center. Steven Yeh, Brent Hayek and Jessica Shantha are also featured in this episode. The episode (possibly a shorter version) is available at the website via login with a television provider.

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DELTA SKY magazine

Faculty member/researcher Ross Ethier cites the important partnerships between Georgia Tech and Emory, stating that he "learns and interacts with my colleagues at Emory, particularly in ophthalmology....They have resources and expertise that complement what I have; it's really about adding two plus two to get five."

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Ian Crozier, MD, became the third American healthcare worker to contract the Ebola virus. He eventually recovered but developed severe eye problems. The Emory team was able to save his vision and make use of the lessons learned by developing a comprehensive education, training, screening, and treatment program for West Africa. Through this program they have undoubtedly saved the eyesight of many post-Ebola virus disease (EBV) survivors. Steven Yeh, MD, the M. Louise Simpson Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, described the experience at the Hot Topics session of the American Academy of ophthalmology 2015 Annual Meeting.

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