Ebola Outbreak Response

Ebola virus disease is a zoonotic disease first recognised in 1976 in Central Africa. Humans can be infected from contact with infected animals or through direct contact with infected human patients or body fluids. It is a severe illness and about half of the patients diagnosed with Ebola virus disease die. Transmission of Ebola virus disease can be reduced and controlled by early diagnosis, patient isolation and care, infection control, safe and dignified burial of people who have died from Ebola virus disease, and rigorous tracing of contacts. Each Ebola outbreak is unique and presents different challenges. The MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis provides real-time analysis and modelling of the Ebola outbreak, estimates of transmissibility, and projections of future incidence in order to help plan for short-term logistical needs such as bed demand, and assess the effectiveness of different interventions.

Primary LCNTDR organisation

External partners

World Health Organisation

Democratic Republic of the Congo Ministry of Health