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Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed more than 9,100 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting three
countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Outbreaks in Mali, Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

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.

What is MSF doing?

MSF’s West Africa Ebola response started in March 2014 and includes activities in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone. MSF currently employs 225 international and around 2 560 national locally hired staff in the region.

The organisation operates seven Ebola case management centres (CMCs), providing approximately 230 beds in isolation, and one transit centre.

Since the beginning of the epidemic:


  • 8,351 patients admitted to MSF Ebola management centres
  • 4,962 patients confirmed with Ebola
  • 2,329 patients recovered from Ebola in our centres

More details in the latest Crisis Update

- Read the FAQs
- Interactive guide to an Ebola centre


Animated data visualisation of the first year of MSF's Ebola response.
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