Ebola virus disease outbreak

Infection prevention training, during the Ebola outbreak, Guinea

The role of training in the West Africa Ebola response

20 April 2016 -- The magnitude of the 2014-2015 West Africa Ebola outbreak combined with a dearth of local and international expertise in tackling the disease necessitated training on a mass scale. Over the duration of the epidemic, WHO and partners trained more than 8,000 health professionals from over 80 nations, including the Ebola-affected countries. To better understand the impact of the trainings, WHO commissioned a review, which was conducted by an independent, external body.

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At the Ebola survivors' clinic in Liberia, 2015

Guidance on clinical care of Ebola survivors

Ebola virus RNA has been detected at low levels in breast milk up to 16 months after onset of symptoms. More evidence is needed to know the precise duration and infectivity of Ebola virus persistence in breast milk. EVD survivors who are lactating may wish to have their breast milk tested for Ebola virus by RT-PCR. Women who do not know the status of their breast milk or who were tested and for whom no Ebola virus RNA was detected should continue breastfeeding.

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Ebola vaccine trial team follows-up with a vaccine trial participant, Katongourou, Guinea

Looking, hopefully, towards an Ebola-free future

15 April 2016 -- WHO, partners and affected countries are stepping up planning for how to use an Ebola vaccine in response to an outbreak. The Ebola outbreak that struck Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 2014 prompted the search, on an exceptionally accelerated schedule, for a vaccine to prevent the disease. Although there has been more than one promising candidate, the vesicular stomatitis virus-ebola virus (VSV-EBOV) vaccine was selected.

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Door-to-door health monitoring visits are conducted in Koropara, Guinea

Liberia and Guinea step up coordination to stem new cases of Ebola

7 April 2016 -- WHO and Ministry of Health teams in Guinea and Liberia have established epidemiological links between new Ebola cases in Liberia and a current flare-up of Ebola in neighbouring Guinea following intensified case investigations and contact tracing.

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Liberian health workers receive refresher training to remain prepared for Ebola

Emergency response to Ebola flare underway in Liberia. Case investigation widens to Guinea

4 April 2016 -- WHO and Ministry of Health teams in Liberia and Guinea are investigating the origins of transmission in Liberia’s latest flare-up after learning that a woman who died from Ebola in Liberia last week had recently travelled from Guinea with her three young children. Liberian health authorities quickly reactivated the country’s emergency response mechanisms and with support from key partners.

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Vaccination of Ebola contacts, Guinea

Vaccination of Ebola contacts in Guinea

31 March 2016 -- Hundreds of people who may have been in contact with 8 individuals infected with Ebola virus in Guinea have been vaccinated with the experimental Ebola vaccine in a bid to contain the latest flare-up of Ebola. The VSV-EBOV vaccine currently being administered was found to be highly effective in preventing Ebola infection in a large trial conducted by Guinea’s Ministry of Health, WHO and partner agencies last year.

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IHR Emergency Committee on Ebola, 29 March 2016

Ebola is no longer a public health emergency of international concern

29 March 2016 -- The 9th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa took place on 29 March 2016. In the Committee’s view, the Ebola situation in West Africa no longer constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and the temporary recommendations adopted in response should now be terminated.

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A community in Dubreka Prefecture, Guinea, gathers for Ebola-awareness meeting.

Hundreds of contacts identified and monitored in new Ebola flare-up in Guinea

22 March 2016 -- More than 800 contacts of recently confirmed Ebola cases in Guinea’s southern prefecture of Nzérékoré have been identified and placed under medical monitoring in a bid to contain a new flare-up of Ebola virus disease.

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Situation report

28,616A total of 28,616 Ebola cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 11,310 deaths.

Ebola Situation Report, 28 April (page 9)

Dashboard

10,000Today, there are over 10,000 survivors of Ebola virus disease.

For more: Ebola dashboard of achievements

Phase 3

3 objectivesTo interrupt all remaining chains of Ebola transmission. To respond to the consequences of residual risks. To work on health systems recovery.

For more: Read the report on Phase 3


Ebola survivors

Clinical care for Ebola survivors

Ebola survivors need comprehensive support for the medical and psychosocial challenges they face and also to minimize the risk of continued Ebola virus transmission.

Health systems recovery

Rebuilding health systems in the aftermath of an outbreak

Recovering from the Ebola outbreak requires getting essential health services back up and running, and addressing the weaknesses of the health system. WHO is supporting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on the road to recovery.


Health workers

Technical guidance for medical staff

WHO guidance documents on clinical management, infection prevention and control, survivor care, list of essential medicines for treatment of Ebola patients.

Ebola situation reports

The situation reports include summary of the situation, tables, maps, and data on number of cases, deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and other affected countries.

Data, statistics, maps


Ebola training

Over the duration of the epidemic, WHO and partners trained more than 8,000 health professionals from over 80 nations. The training topics included:

Partners

Partners in the Ebola response

The international community responded to the appeals for help from the UN with a vast array of much-needed support to contain the outbreak. Such support came in a variety of ways: from sending medical teams to building treatment centres, and more.

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Research and development

WHO has convened a coalition of experts to develop the blueprint and a platform for accelerated research and development, which will be presented to Member States at the World Health Assembly in May 2016.

Preparedness

WHO has transitioned its emergency preparedness support to a broader range of risks, and extended activities to other countries, including Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda.