Ebola virus disease in West Africa


Ebola 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. more about Ebola virus disease

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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)


icon Dashboard - Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa with maps showing affected countries ( Situation as of 16 June 2014) (1.3 MB)