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

Disease Outbreak News / Situation Reports

WHO Response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak, 12 September 2014
An update by the Regional Director [pdf 438.99kB]

Situation reports on Ebola response roadmap

Ebola virus disease - Senegal

Ebola virus disease outbreak - DRC - update 10 September 2014

Ebola virus disease, West Africa - update 4 September 2014



Situation assessments: Ebola virus disease

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 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

Cuban medical team heading for Sierra Leone 12 September 2014 -- Cuba is known the world over for its ability to train excellent doctors and nurses who can then go out to help other countries in need. And now it will send a medical team of 165 people to Sierra Leone to help in the frontline in the Ebola response efforts.


More hospital beds for Liberia
8e9782eb5c3b4e51b8ee1ddd7e8f9f4a_M.jpgDoctors and nurses are the people who immediately come to mind as critical to controlling the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. But there are many others whose jobs are no less critical: engineers, architects, plumbers and construction workers.

more feature stories and media releases

Technical information:

  • Preparedness and response
  • Infection control
  • Patient care
  • Social mobilization
  • Epidemiology

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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