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What is Ebola?

Ebola is a virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people who catch it, causing terror among infected communities. Ebola can be caught from both humans and animals. It is not an air-borne disease. Human to human transmission occurs through close contact with bodily fluids of an Ebola-infected person. Patients need to be treated in isolation by staff wearing protective clothing. Supportive care can help the patient survive longer, and the extra time may just be what the patient’s own immune system needs to fight the virus.

- Read the FAQs
- Interactive guide to an Ebola centre

What is MSF doing?

MSF is responding to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. In parallel MSF is also responding to an outbreak in DRC.

- Ebola crisis update: September 25th
MSF's Ebola response in West Africa
MSF's Ebola response in DRC



Crisis Update
Global overview Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in...
High-level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Disease Outbreak
Despite intense precautions, Ebola workers remain at risk of infection
Notes from the field
Psychologist Ane Bjøru Fjeldsæter remembers the first child to survive survive Ebola.
"We are exhausted, we are angry, we are desperate,” said Sophie Delaunay, American director of MSF...
A team leader at MSF's Ebola care centre in Monrovia, Liberia, addresses the UN Security Council in...
MSF confirms that one of its international staff members in Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola
The unlikely way researchers identified the disease as it first started to spread across Guinea —...
An aid organisation has rejected the Abbott government's multimillion-dollar pledge to help...
The story of an 11 year old boy that Ebola couldn't bring down.
Remarks by Dr. Joanne Liu, International President Médecins Sans Frontières to UN member states in...
This editorial was originally published by the Wall Street Journal on September 11th 2014. By Meena...
"A concrete response cannot wait": An op-ed by Joanne Liu, MSF International President
Read more about Ebola
Explore our interactive guide to an Ebola care centre.
Month in Focus
Video roundup of MSF activities covering Ebola, DRC, Gaza, Uganda, and Syria