Ebola virus disease


ebola-liberia-hcwEbola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.

Recruitment for Ebola

Fact sheet on Ebola virus disease

Frequently asked questions on ebola virus disease

Travel guidance for health authorities and the transport sector

Disease Outbreak News / Situation Reports

Situation report - 25 October 2014 [pdf 844kb]

- more situation reports on Ebola response roadmap


Ebola vaccines

High-level meeting on Ebola vaccines access and financing

Situation assessments: Ebola virus disease

Mali confirms its first case of Ebola
24 October 2014

Summary report of a WHO High-level Meeting on ebola vaccines access and financing
23 October 2014

Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission
20 October 2014

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Senegal is over
17 October 2014

- more situation assessments

Feature stories and media releases

WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola-Free

WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola-FreeAbuja 20 October, 2014 - The World Health Organization, today, 20th October, 2014 officially declared Nigeria Ebola-Free, having passed the mandatory period with no new cases;  42 days after  the  last confirmed case of the virus was discharged from the hospital, giving sufficient confidence to declare the outbreak over.

Liberia: New Ebola mobile lab speeds up diagnosis and improves care

Liberia: New Ebola mobile lab speeds up diagnosis and improves careOctober 2014 - One of the challenges to bring the Ebola outbreak under control in Liberia has been lack of access locally to laboratories able to provide a quick and firm diagnosis of the disease. This month the United States Navy opened a new high-tech mobile laboratory near the Island Clinic, one of the Ebola treatment units in Monrovia, Liberia, that is supported by the WHO. read the full story
more feature stories and media releases

International Health Regulations

Statement on the 3rd meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the 2014 Ebola outbreak

IHR Emergency Committee regarding Ebola

Technical information:

Meetings/ statements

Remarks at a press conference: Cuban government announces substantial support to WHO Ebola response

12 September 2014

WHO welcomes Cuban doctors for Ebola response in west Africa
12 September 2014

Statement on the WHO Consultation on potential Ebola therapies and vaccines
5 September 2014

WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa
28 August 2014

WHO-deployed health worker receiving care after testing positive for Ebola
24 August 2014

Statement on travel and transport in relation to Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak
18 August 2014

Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola virus disease (EVD)
12 August 2014

WHO Statement on the Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee Regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
8 August 2014

WHO to convene ethical review of experimental treatment for Ebola
6 August 2014

icon Communiqué adopted at end of Ebola Virus Meeting in Accra (919.56 kB)


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