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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.


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- 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.

MSF's Ebola response in West Africa
MSF's Ebola response in DRC



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