Isolated case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever with mucormycosis complications, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Yamilamba Kalongi, Kasongo Mwanza, Mwana Tshisuaka, Ntemo Lusiama, Ekanda Ntando, Lamya Kanzake, Wun Ju Shieh, Sherif R. Zaki, Ethleen S. Lloyd, Thomas G. Ksiazek, Pierre E. Rollin

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Abstract

A patient with undiagnosed Ebola (EBO) hemorrhagic fever (EHF) was transferred from Kikwit to a private clinic in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. A diagnosis of EHF was suspected on clinical grounds and was confirmed by detection of EBO virus-specific IgM and IgG in serum of the patient. During the course of the disease, although she had no known predisposing factors, the patient developed a periorbital mucormycosis abscess on eyelid tissue that was biopsied during surgical drainage; the abscess was histologically confirmed. Presence of EBO antigen was also detected by specific immunohistochemistry on the biopsied tissue. The patient survived the EBO infection but had severe sequelae associated with the mucormycosis. Standard barrier-nursing precautions were taken upon admission and upgraded when EHF was suspected; there was no secondary transmission of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S15-S17
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume179
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Kalongi, Y., Mwanza, K., Tshisuaka, M., Lusiama, N., Ntando, E., Kanzake, L., Shieh, W. J., Zaki, S. R., Lloyd, E. S., Ksiazek, T. G., & Rollin, P. E. (1999). Isolated case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever with mucormycosis complications, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 179(SUPPL. 1), S15-S17.