Ebola virus disease in West Africa

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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.
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The World Health Organization urges Sierra Leone’s President to boost community engagement to stop Ebola transmission
boost community engagement to stop Ebola transmissionThe World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Dr Luis Sambo continued his visit to the three West African Countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. On the second leg of his visit the Regional Director arrived in Sierra Leone on Tuesday 22 July 2014 to get more insight, review current outbreak response and challenges, and explore the best ways to rapidly contain the EVD outbreak in West Africa.
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The World Health Organization’s Regional Director Dr Sambo calls for accelerated efforts to control Ebola
accelerated efforts to control EbolaThe World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa Dr Luis Sambo began official visits to the three West African Countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. On the first leg of the visit, the Regional Director arrived in Liberia on Monday 21 July 2014 to review current outbreak response and challenges, and explore the best ways to rapidly contain the EVD outbreak in West Africa.
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WHO supplies personal protective equipment to health workers responding to Ebola
WHO supplies personal protective equipment to health workers responding to EbolaIn Liberia, WHO is helping supply personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies to keep health workers safe as they work to contain the Ebola outbreak - in response to a request from Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

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Essential information on disease, transmission, prevention

Fact sheet on Ebola virus disease

Frequently asked questions on ebola virus disease


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  • Social mobilization
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Ministerial meeting

Special Ministerial Meeting on Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa
Accra, Ghana, 2 - 3 July 2014


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