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.

Recruitment for Ebola

Fact sheet on Ebola virus disease

Frequently asked questions on ebola virus disease

Travel guidance for health authorities and the transport sector

Disease Outbreak News / Situation Reports

Situation report - 19 November 2014

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Situation assessments: Ebola virus disease

Mali: Details of the additional cases of Ebola virus disease
20 November 2014

Urgently needed: rapid, sensitive, safe and simple Ebola diagnostic tests
18 November 2014

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Ebola vaccines

Ebola vaccines, therapies, and diagnostics

Feature stories and media releases

Ebola: identifying the cause of death17 November 2014 -- Dead bodies can be very contagious when it comes to Ebola, but that does not mean that every deceased person has died due to the disease. In order to speed up the process of identifying the cause of death of each patient, WHO is working closely with the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research to train burial teams on how to collect an oral swab from deceased patients safely.
Safe Ebola burials7 November 2014 -- A new WHO protocol for safe and dignified burial of people who die from Ebola virus disease emphasizes inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials. The protocol also includes ways for Ebola burial teams to carry out their work safely while respecting family sensitivities
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International Health Regulations

Statement on the 3rd meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the 2014 Ebola outbreak

IHR Emergency Committee regarding Ebola

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