Ebola virus disease in West Africa


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

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Fact sheet on Ebola virus disease

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Feature stories and media releases

WHO urges countries to avoid actions that compromise Ebola response efforts
fc569d68cb2ea2708c5497671648d513 SAccra, 28 August 2014 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa has called on countries to avoid taking actions that compromise the efforts to effectively respond to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the sub-region. He made the call while addressing delegates attending the ECOWAS Ministerial meeting which is taking place in Accra, Ghana.
ebola-roadmap31028 August 2014 - WHO today issues a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The roadmap aims to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognises the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socioeconomic impact.
24 August 2014 - WHO is working to ensure an international health worker who is deployed for the Organization in Sierra Leone and has contracted Ebola receives the best care possible including the option of medical evacuation to another care facility if necessary.

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Technical information:

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

Meetings/ statements

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

Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee Regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
6-7 September 2014

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)