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Ebola and Marburg

Ebola and Marburg haemorrhagic fevers are rare but deadly, spreading fear and panic. Caring for infected patients and affected communities is crucial for a response to be effective.

Outbreaks can kill 25 to 90 per cent of those infected. Until only very recently, there were no tools to prevent or treat Ebola; today a preventive vaccine and curative drugs are available. MSF has responded in almost all reported outbreaks over the past years.

The 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa was unprecedented: 67 times the size of the largest previously recorded outbreak, it reached urban areas, and killed more than 11,300 people. Hundreds of health workers died, decimating the already-struggling healthcare systems of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Since then, the Democratic Republic of Congo experienced a succession of outbreaks between March 2018 and November 2020; collectively, over 3,600 people were infected and over 2,300 died.

Quick facts about Ebola and Marburg

 
Journal article

The Ebola clinical trials: a precedent for research ethics in disasters

30 Aug 2016
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Defective interfering genomes and Ebola virus persistence

18 Aug 2016
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Activities Kailahun Sierra Leone
Global

MSF calls on G7 leaders to urgently address the critical gaps in global response to public health emergencies and unite to lower the price of live-saving medicines

Press Release 25 May 2016
 
Ebola, Equateur province, DRC
Ebola and Marburg

MSF supported research on Ebola

Report 23 Mar 2016
 
Ebola case management centre ELWA3 - Liberia
Ebola and Marburg

Ebola 2014-2015 Facts & Figures

Report 23 Mar 2016
 
Nubia At MSF Ebola Treatment Center In Conakry, Guinea.
Ebola and Marburg

Ebola Activity Update - March 2016

Crisis Update 23 Mar 2016
 
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Experimental treatment with favipiravir for Ebola virus disease

7 Mar 2016
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Seeking malaria treatment around Aweil, South Sudan
Disease prevention

Five epidemics to watch

Press Release 25 Jan 2016
 
Ebola and Marburg

The Ebola outbreak - a brief history

Project Update 14 Jan 2016
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
Medical Resource

MSF Field Research

We produce important research based on our field experience. So far, we have published articles in over 100 peer-reviewed journals. These articles have often changed clinical practice and have been used for humanitarian advocacy. All of these articles can be found on our dedicated Field Research website.

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