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Eye Bank Association of America Medical Standards Regarding Ebola Policy

Eye Bank Association of America Medical Standards Regarding Ebola Policy To the Editor In their article titled “Eyes on Ebola Virus Disease,”1 Shieh and colleagues referred to me regarding the Eye Bank Association of America’s deferral policy for donors at higher risk for Ebola virus transmission. Since that time, Varkey et al2 have published a report of Ebola virus persisting in the aqueous humor of an infected individual up to 14 weeks after the onset of the disease and up to 9 weeks after clearance of the viremia. It is unclear how long infectious virus might persist in ocular tissues after recovery from the disease. In response to this report, the Eye Bank Association of America’s Medical Advisory Board changed the Eye Bank Association of America Medical Standards3 to permanently exclude from donation all individuals with a history of Ebola virus disease. Back to top Article Information Corresponding Author: Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC, Eye Bank Association of America, 1015 18th St NW, Ste 1010, Washington, DC 20036 (jennifer@restoresight.org). Published Online: September 10, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.3127. Conflict of Interest Disclosures: The author has completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none were reported. References 1. Shieh C, Vora G, Kim T. Eyes on Ebola virus disease. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(7):743-744.PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref 2. Varkey JB, Shantha JG, Crozier I, et al. Persistence of Ebola virus in ocular fluid during convalescence. N Engl J Med. 2015;372(25):2423-2427.PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref 3. Eye Bank Association of America. Medical Standards. Washington, DC: Eye Bank Association of America; 2015. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Ophthalmology American Medical Association

Eye Bank Association of America Medical Standards Regarding Ebola Policy

JAMA Ophthalmology , Volume 133 (11) – Nov 1, 2015

Eye Bank Association of America Medical Standards Regarding Ebola Policy

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To the Editor In their article titled “Eyes on Ebola Virus Disease,”1 Shieh and colleagues referred to me regarding the Eye Bank Association of America’s deferral policy for donors at higher risk for Ebola virus transmission. Since that time, Varkey et al2 have published a report of Ebola virus persisting in the aqueous humor of an infected individual up to 14 weeks after the onset of the disease and up to 9 weeks after clearance of the viremia. It is unclear how long...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 2015 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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2168-6165
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2168-6173
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10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.3127
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Abstract

To the Editor In their article titled “Eyes on Ebola Virus Disease,”1 Shieh and colleagues referred to me regarding the Eye Bank Association of America’s deferral policy for donors at higher risk for Ebola virus transmission. Since that time, Varkey et al2 have published a report of Ebola virus persisting in the aqueous humor of an infected individual up to 14 weeks after the onset of the disease and up to 9 weeks after clearance of the viremia. It is unclear how long infectious virus might persist in ocular tissues after recovery from the disease. In response to this report, the Eye Bank Association of America’s Medical Advisory Board changed the Eye Bank Association of America Medical Standards3 to permanently exclude from donation all individuals with a history of Ebola virus disease. Back to top Article Information Corresponding Author: Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC, Eye Bank Association of America, 1015 18th St NW, Ste 1010, Washington, DC 20036 (jennifer@restoresight.org). Published Online: September 10, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.3127. Conflict of Interest Disclosures: The author has completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none were reported. References 1. Shieh C, Vora G, Kim T. Eyes on Ebola virus disease. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(7):743-744.PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref 2. Varkey JB, Shantha JG, Crozier I, et al. Persistence of Ebola virus in ocular fluid during convalescence. N Engl J Med. 2015;372(25):2423-2427.PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref 3. Eye Bank Association of America. Medical Standards. Washington, DC: Eye Bank Association of America; 2015.

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JAMA OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 1, 2015

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