Ebola: containing the outbreak in southern Sudan

7 August 2004

Constructing the Ebola isolation ward, Yambio, Sudan
Constructing the Ebola isolation ward, Yambio, Sudan.

This photo essay tells the story of the Ebola outbreak in Yambio, southern Sudan. First reported in May 2004, the end of the outbreak was announced by WHO on 7 August 2004. The rapid response involving partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, and the rapid containment of the outbreak was a success for all involved, ensuring that as few people as possible were affected by the disease.

Ebola haemorrhagic fever is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs, or bodily fluids of infected persons. It causes death in 50-90% of all clinically ill cases. With more frequent Ebola outbreaks detected in recent years – six since 2000 – local and international collaboration is an essential part of a coordinated response to successfully contain the disease.

Photo essay: containing the Ebola outbreak in southern Sudan

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All photos were taken by Dr Pierre Formenty, Alert and Response Operations, WHO