West Africa battles mystery of ‘post-Ebola syndrome’

As the Ebola epidemic retreats across west Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often-deadly virus on the survivors.

There is little research on patients cured of the tropical fever, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged that many are experiencing crippling complications long after walking out of treatment units.

Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s new head in Africa, told AFP that Liberian survivors had been reporting a range of problems, including sight and hearing impairment.

“We need to be aware that (complications) may be occurring and pay attention when people are being treated in case there is something that can be done to help them,” she told AFP in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

Moeti said the UN agency had initially focused on keeping people alive in its battle against the worst ever outbreak of the virus, which it says has left almost 11,000 people dead in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

“So we are very much learning about this,” Moeti told AFP.

More than 26,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the WHO, which admits the official mortality figures are probably some way short of the real death toll.

The epidemic ravaged the three countries, infecting hundreds of people a week during its peak last autumn, but the spread has slowed to a crawl.

Liberia, once the hardest hit country, has reported no new cases since the last patient died on March 27 and was buried a day later.

– ‘Patients are now blind’ –

Moeti’s comments were prompted as she toured Monrovia’s health facilities and Ebola-hit communities on Wednesday, where she met Beatrice Yordoldo, the last Liberian patient to leave a treatment centre alive.

Yordoldo, who was discharged on March 5, said the “majority of the survivors” she had spoken to were complaining of impaired sight and hearing, headaches and other complications.

The WHO acknowledged the issue as early as October, when it carried an interview on its website with a psychosocial support officer in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone.

“We are seeing a lot of people with vision problems. Some complain of clouded vision, but for others the visual loss is progressive. I have seen two people who are now blind,” Margaret Nanyonga said.

Nanyonga, who calls the problem “post-Ebola syndrome”, said visual problems had affected around half of Ebola survivors in Kenema, while others complained of joint, muscle and chest pain and extreme fatigue.

“We need to understand why these symptoms persist, whether they are caused by the disease or treatment, or perhaps the heavy disinfection,” Nanyonga said.

With research thin on the ground, health authorities have no real measure of the extent of the problem, but it doesn’t appear to be confined to Africa.

American nurse Nina Pham, who was infected while caring for a Liberian man at a Texas hospital, told the Dallas Morning News last month she had experienced hair loss, aches and insomnia after being given the all-clear in October.

– Focus on saving lives –

Aches and fatigue are common side-effects in patients recovering from serious infection, resulting from the immune system’s release of chemicals to fight the illness.

But experts admit they don’t yet know if this is what is going on inside the bodies of Ebola survivors.

The speed of the spread of the virus took the world by surprise, and by the time a concerted international effort was in place to stem the epidemic, it had already overwhelmed the health services of the worst-hit countries.

The epidemic has dwarfed all previous outbreaks combined — fewer than 2,500 cases were recorded between Ebola’s discovery in 1976 and the current outbreak — and has killed around two-thirds of those infected, experts believe.

While survivors of previous outbreaks reported health complications, past epidemics were never big enough to warrant in-depth research into the after-effects.

A rare upside of the scale of the current outbreak has been that there are thousands of survivors who can be studied to give health authorities the knowledge to be better prepared for future outbreaks.

Moeti, a qualified medic who took up her five-year appointment in February, says the WHO is just beginning to play catch-up in its research into post-Ebola complications.

“I think this is something about which we need to learn more in detail for the future so that… as part of treating people with Ebola we are looking out for these kind of symptoms,” she told AFP.

“Because I think in the first acute treatment of people with Ebola our focus (was) on keeping them alive and perhaps these other symptoms emerged later on.”

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Kanye West’s daughter gets baptised in Jerusalem

North West has been given a highly traditional baptism in Jerusalem by her otherwise boundary-pushing parents.

The ceremony took place at St. James Cathedral, a 12th century Armenian Church in the old walled city, which is decorated with blue and white tiles made by Armenian artists in the 18th century.

Dozens of fans had gathered outside the ornate building to catch a glimpse of the well-heeled family.

West, Kardashian and their 22-month-old toddler were joined by the reality star’s sister Khloe Kardashian in the church.

North and her father dressed in matching white outfits, while Kardashian wore a long crinkle pleated beige and peach coloured dress.

Their trip to Israel followed a five-day trip around Armenia, where the Kardashians’ ancestors are from.

Kanye west also held a free show in Armenia that was later cancelled as he decided to jump into water and some of the attendees joined him.

He was later taken out by the police who then shut down the venue.

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Unseen performance footage of Kanye and John Legend from 2003 (video)

A never seen before footage of Kanye West and John Legend from 2003 shows them performing Kanye West’s Gold digger which was known as 18 years back then.

The performance was  at an event called The 2nd Annual Dynamic Producer Conference a year before Kanye’s debut album The College Dropout was released.





Kanye West’s mother in-law and daughter support his fashion line

Kanye West ‘s daughter North West was spotted wearing one of her cutest looks to date as she arrived at Heathrow airport in London on Monday in the arms of her grandmother Kris Jenner.

They are set to be joining Kanye West who has been in London since last week.

The toddler was rocking a child-sized Yeezus jacket emblazoned with the logo from her famous father’s latest tour.

Her grandmother on the other hand was wearing his  Yeezus sneakers.

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Amber Rose set to tell secrets about Kim Kardashian in new book

Amber Rose has kept quite over the years regarding her ex-beau Kanye West.

The model is not planning on being so kind to his wife  Kim Kardashian.

Amber apparently knows a lot of the reality star’s dirty laundry, and plans to air it out in her upcoming memoir, How To Be A Bad Bitch! .

The vixen had a public spat on twitter with Khloe Kardashian over her younger sister’s relationship with rapper Tyga.

The twitter row went on to a point of name calling and the use of graphic images from  their past lives.

We’ll just have to wait and see what will be in the book.

Kanye West took 100 showers to cleanse himself off Amber

Kanye West says he couldn’t get intimate with have with Kim Kardashian as she first needed him to cleanse himself off Amber Rose.

He says that he was made to take 100 showers to rid himself of the Amber “stench”.

Kanye west also says that he’s not a fan of Amber who recently called his wife a whore.

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Kim found him unappealing at first because of his relationship with Amber.

He has also said that it’s indeed true that Tyga is dating Kylie and was quoted saying“Tyga is in deep with 17-year-old  Kylie”.

Kanye insinuated a smart guy makes his play early, saying, “He just got in there first.”

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Kanye West’s Ex hits out at his wife and sisters

Kanye West’s ex Amber Rose said that  rapper Tyga ,25, should be “ashamed of himself” for dating a 17 year old girl who happens to be Kylie Jenner .

This statement was reportedly made during an interview and she was quoted saying “[Kylie’s] a baby, she needs to go to bed at 7 o’clock and relax.”

Amber, continued: “That’s ridiculous, Tyga should be ashamed of himself. That’s how I feel. For sure. He has a beautiful woman and a baby and left that for a 16-year-old who just turned 17.” This was in reference to Blac Chyna who is Tyga’s ex.

The comments brought a heated exchange between Amber and Kylie’s sister Khloe on twitter.

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