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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



Explore our interactive guide to an Ebola care centre.
Month in Focus
A roundup of MSF activities over the last month
"While he knew we couldn’t save her life, at least we could save the rest of his family from her"
Life inside an Ebola isolation center for patients who spend their time there is a dreaded one
FRONTLINE interviews a tropical medicine adviser at MSF about why this one is so deadly
MSF opens two Ebola treatment centers in Boende health zone: 40 beds in Lokolia and 10 in Boende.
A moving account of the ultimate sacrifice made my three MSF staff members
Despite intense precautions, Ebola workers remain at risk of infection
Notes from the field
The story of a young girl, one of many victims of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. By Ella Watson...
MSF calls for military expertise to help solve Ebola crisis
Statement of Dr. Joanne Liu, International President Médecins Sans Frontières
Press release
MSF Denounces international inaction in Ebola-stricken African Countries
Photo of the week
Due to the limited number of flights available, equipment and staff are now coming mainly through...
DRC: MSF reinforces response to DRC Ebola outbreak in Boende
Ebola – the failures of the international outbreak response
MSF's response to the WHO Ebola roadmap announced today, 28th August 2014.