Ebola strain

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare, severe and often fatal viral disease. There is currently no cure or vaccine for the Ebola virus.

Ebola can kill up to 90% of people infected.

  • Sudden fever
  • Weakness, muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Internal/external bleeding
  • Direct contact with
    infected sweat, saliva or blood
  • Direct contact with
    infected medical items

How the virus can be transmitted between people

  • Direct contact with
    infected stool or urine
  • Direct contact with
    soiled clothes or bed linens

Country Affected:Cases / Deaths


Guinea:3,814 / 2,544


Sierra Leone:14,124 / 3,956


Liberia:10,678 / 4,810

As of April 13, 2016

Other countries affected in West Africa: Nigeria and Senegal

Keys to stopping the outbreak

The Red Cross is there


Eliminating fear. Providing facts. Dispelling myths. Educating people helps prevent the spread of Ebola.


Humanity. Impartiality. Neutrality. Voluntary service. Helping anyone who needs it.


Millions of dollars are needed for Ebola operations in West Africa.


More people are needed to fill important roles and they must be kept safe and secure to do their job.

39 Million People

targeted with interventions and support.

16 Countries

with response and preparedness activities.

370+ International Staff and 6,019 Volunteers

working in affected communities.

Community Education and Engagement

Clinical Case Management

Monitoring and Contact Tracing

Safe & Dignified Burials

Emotional and Psychological Support

Ebola Virus