Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Senegal is now free of Ebola virus transmission

17 October 2014 -- WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus. Senegal’s response is a good example of what to do when faced with an imported case of Ebola. However, Senegal remains vigilant for any suspected cases by strict compliance with WHO guidelines.

Liberia: Working with communities is the key to stopping Ebola

Dr Clements working with communities in Lofa County, Liberia. 2014
WHO/C. Black

12 October 2014 -- In many communities, the outbreak of Ebola virus disease has caused intense fear that sometimes manifests in violence against health workers. WHO’s Dr Peter Clement took a bold approach, travelling 12 hours over dirt roads to the hostile communities in Lofa County, Liberia. There he went straight to meet the chiefs, to listen and work with communities to help them to develop their own plans.

Faces of the Ebola outbreak response

10 October 2014 -- As soon as the Ministry of Health of Democratic Republic of Congo notified WHO of an Ebola outbreak in the Equateur Province of the country, WHO deployed a team of experts to the affected area. Watch how WHO and partners are working around the clock to help people get medical care that can save lives. Browse the photo gallery that tells the stories of people contributing to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Our highest gratitude for their hard work and dedication.

Ebola response roadmap

WHO has issued a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The roadmap aims to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognises the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socioeconomic impact.

Ebola news

fact buffet

Ebola Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

Fact sheet on Ebola

H2HIn the 2014 Ebola outbreak, nearly all of the cases of EVD are a result of human-to-human transmission.

Frequently asked questions

2 to 21 days The incubation period from time of infection to symptoms is 2 to 21 days.

Travel guidance for health authorities and the transport sector