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.

Ebola response roadmap

Sub-Regional Ebola Operations and Coordination Centre (SEOCC)

Infographic: What you need to know

Recruitment for Ebola

Disease Outbreak News / Situation Reports

Situation reports on Ebola response roadmap

WHO Response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak, 20 September 2014
An update by the Regional Director

Ebola virus disease - Senegal

Ebola virus disease outbreak - DRC - update 10 September 2014

Ebola virus disease, West Africa - update 4 September 2014


Essential information on disease, transmission, prevention

Fact sheet on Ebola virus disease

Frequently asked questions on ebola virus disease

Travel advice

Feature stories and media releases

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 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

Situation assessments: Ebola virus disease

Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission
20 October 2014

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

Are the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal over?
14 October 2014

Experimental Ebola vaccines
1 October 2014

Experimental therapies: growing interest in the use of whole blood or plasma from recovered Ebola patients (convalescent therapies)
26 September 2014

WHO Six-month assessments by country
23 September 2014

Ebola Situation in Senegal remains stable
12 September 2014

Ebola situation in Liberia: non-conventional interventions needed
8 September 2014

Ebola situation in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
3 September 2014

Virological analysis: no link between Ebola outbreaks in west Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo
2 September 2014

Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola
25 August 2014

Why the Ebola outbreak has been underestimated
22 August 2014

Anecdotal evidence about experimental Ebola therapies
21 August 2014

Ebola situation in Nigeria and Guinea: encouraging signs
19 August 2014

Ebola: Experimental therapies and rumoured remedies
15 August 2014

No early end to the Ebola outbreak
14 August 2014

Barriers to rapid containment of the Ebola outbreak
8 August 201

Technical information:
  • Preparedness and response
  • Infection control
  • Patient care
  • Laboratory
  • Social mobilization
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical management

  • 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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