Ebola virus disease


Ebola virus disease is a serious viral infection that originated in sub-Saharan Africa. No one has caught Ebola from someone else in the UK.


‘It’s a very good cause, my darling, fundraising money to send to the village of Isiro in The Congo, to help the victims of Ebola. I remember the news on TV about this terrible virus in 2012, it took a year for the outbreak to be brought under control in that area’
‘La proprietaría of our dance school went there last November to visit some schools. She said many children are living in extreme poverty and hunger because their parents were killed by Ebola.’

Years of Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks

Ebola virus was first described in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention40 Years of Ebola Virus Disease around the World

‘Poor children, what they had to go through at such a young age, suffering the consequences of this fatal disease. The money will help provide survivors with clean water and put in place resources to prevent the disease spreading, in case the outbreak starts again. Here, I will give you twenty euros for your three kilometre run, I’m sure we can persuade your granpa to sign up for more.’

2014–2016 outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa

Ebola Virus Infection

Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes fever, body aches, and diarrhea, and sometimes bleeding inside and outside the body.

As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding.

The disease was known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever but is now referred to as Ebola virus.

It kills up to 90% of people who are infected.

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Ebola virus disease – key facts

World Health Organisation

  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a rare but severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

WHO – Ebola virus disease – Key facts

Ebola Fast Facts

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a disease caused by one of five different Ebola viruses. Four of the strains can cause severe illness in humans and animals. The fifth, Reston virus, has caused illness in some animals, but not in humans.

CNN Library: Ebola Fast Facts

EU Approval of First Ebola Vaccine is Game Changer

GENEVA – This week the European Commission gave approval to a Ebola vaccine — an act that the World Health Organization calls landmark moment for global health and a likely game-changer in the battle against this deadly disease. 

This is the first time an Ebola vaccine has been licensed anywhere in the world.  The next step, prequalification by the World Health Organization, is expected within days.

Read more, EU Approval of First Ebola Vaccine is Game Changer

By Lisa Schlein, Science & Health

Finally, an Opinion on Vaccines and Immunisation

SUNETRA GUPTA – Don’t panic about a flu pandemic

Fears of a mighty influenza strain striking us down, as in 1918, are probably unfounded. But we must keep researching to prepare for unforeseen events. 

Read more in the GUARDIAN, Don’t panic about a flu pandemic

By Sunetra Gupta, Evolutionary Ecology of Infectious Diseases EEID