Ebola outbreak in west Africa and Nigeria as of Oct. 7, 2014.
Key Facts about the Ebola virus disease.
Symptoms and diagnosis of the Ebola virus disease.
Travel to and from Ebola-affected countries is low risk.
Here is what you need to know.
Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.
Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.