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.
Ebola virus disease outbreaks can devastate families and communities, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home.
Preparedness and response
WHO Director-General assesses the Ebola outbreak with three West African presidents
WHO Director-General, west African presidents to launch intensified Ebola outbreak response plan
Ebola virus disease, West Africa
Virtual press briefing: Update on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa
Dashboard - Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa
Stories from the Field
Working with communities in Gueckedou for better understanding of Ebola
Challenges and rewards of working on Ebola outbreak