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.
DeMatteo J. Eye Bank Association of America Medical Standards Regarding Ebola Policy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(11):1364. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.3127