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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

 
Project Update

A month in focus: August 2015

Project Update 17 Aug 2015
 
Ebola and Marburg

Attention, World: The Ebola fight isn’t over

Opinion 13 Aug 2015
 
Guinea-Bissau

28,500 children vaccinated against measles

Project Update 31 Jul 2015
 
MSF Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trial
Ebola and Marburg

Getting closer to an Ebola vaccine

Voices from the Field 31 Jul 2015
 
Ebola and Marburg

crisis update - 17 July 2015

Crisis Update 17 Jul 2015
 
Ebola and Marburg

“We must finish the job”

Crisis Update 17 Jul 2015
 
Ebola and Marburg

MSF response to WHO Ebola Interim Assessment Panel report

Statement 7 Jul 2015
 
Journal article

A Global Biomedical R&D Fund and Mechanism for Innovations of Public Health Importance

17 Jun 2015
Journal article
 
Journal article

Ebola healthcare workers: a hazardous and isolating job

10 Jun 2015
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