We have created this page to provide updates and resources regarding the Ebola Virus Disease.
About Ebola Virus Disease:
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe disease that causes haemorrhagic fever in humans and animals. Diseases that cause haemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola, are often fatal as they affect the body's vascular system. This can lead to significant internal bleeding and organ failure.
The Ebola virus can spread through:
• contact with infected animals
• contact with blood, body fluids or tissues of infected persons
• contact with medical equipment, such as needles, contaminated with infected body fluids
Exposure can occur in health care settings when staff do not wear appropriate protective equipment, such as masks, gowns and gloves. As long as precautions are taken, there is low risk of contracting EVD in a country where the disease is present.