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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

 
Ebola and Marburg

Ebola crisis update - 14 January 2016

Crisis Update 14 Jan 2016
 
Ebola and Marburg

End of Ebola outbreak in West Africa: World must learn lesson for future outbreaks

Project Update 14 Jan 2016
 
Ebola in Foya, Lofa county, northern Liberia
Ebola and Marburg

Antimalarial drug reduced patient mortality by 31%

Project Update 6 Jan 2016
 
Baby Nubia Is Released From MSF Clinic in Conakry
Photo Story

Nubia, the first newborn to survive Ebola

3 Dec 2015
Photo Story
 
Meningitis Epidemic in Niger
Epidemics and pandemics

Epidemics: Neglected emergencies?

Report 25 Nov 2015
 
Journal article

Reaching out to Ebola victims: Coercion, persuasion or an appeal for self-sacrifice?

10 Nov 2015
Journal article
 
Ebola Survivor Health in Tonkolili, Sierra Leone, Oct 2015
Ebola and Marburg

“Science should be at the service of survivors”

Voices from the Field 7 Nov 2015
 
Ebola and Marburg

Crisis update - 2 November 2015

Crisis Update 3 Nov 2015
 
Journal article

Coincident polio and Ebola crises expose similar fault lines in the current global health regime

17 Sep 2015
Journal article
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
Medical Resource

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