WHO Press Releases, Notes for Media on the Ebola Outbreak
- WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti travels to Kinshasa to discuss Ebola outbreak responseon May 13 2017 at 18:32
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti today visited Kinshasa (DR Congo) to discuss with national authorities and partners ways to mount a rapid, effective and coherent response in order to stop the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The visit follows notification by the Dem. Rep. of Congo Government of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Likati health zone, Bas Uele Province, in the northern part of the country bordering Central African Republic. The Likati health zone is around 1400 kilometers from the capital. As of today, 11 suspected cases including 3 deaths have been reported.
- Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against diseaseon Dec 23 2016 at 00:30
Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease
- End of the most recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberiaon Jun 9 2016 at 09:00
WHO declares the end of the most recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia
- End of Ebola transmission in Guineaon Jun 1 2016 at 09:00
WHO declares the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea.
- Latest Ebola outbreak over in Liberia; West Africa is at zero, but new flare-ups are likely to occuron Jan 14 2016 at 10:00
Today, WHO declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa.
- End of Ebola transmission in Guineaon Dec 29 2015 at 10:00
Today WHO declares the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea. Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for the second time. Guinea now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.
- Sierra Leone stops transmission of Ebola viruson Nov 7 2015 at 09:00
WHO declares that Ebola virus transmission in Sierra Leone has ended.
- Preliminary study finds that Ebola virus fragments can persist in the semen of some survivors for at least 9 monthson Oct 14 2015 at 01:00
Preliminary results of a study into persistence of Ebola virus in body fluids show that some men still produce semen samples that test positive for Ebola virus nine months after onset of symptoms.
- Guinea ring vaccination trial extended to Sierra Leone to vaccinate contacts of new Ebola caseon Aug 31 2015 at 01:00
Detection of a new case of Ebola virus disease in Kambia, Sierra Leone, after the country had marked almost 3 weeks of zero cases has set in motion the first "ring vaccination" use of the experimental Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.
- Sierra Leone down to the last chain of Ebola virus transmissionon Aug 17 2015 at 09:00
Use of rapid response teams and strong community involvement in finding Ebola virus disease cases and contacts is yielding results in Sierra Leone. An epidemiological week has now passed with no new Ebola cases for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak.
- The Ebola virus vaccine is effective. But the fight goes onon Aug 17 2015 at 01:00
The Ebola virus vaccine is effective. But the fight goes on. We must move quickly towards full-scale production
- World Humanitarian Day: WHO honours health workers, calls for their protectionon Aug 14 2015 at 09:00
Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, WHO is drawing attention to continued attacks on health staff and health facilities. In 2014 alone, WHO received reports of 372 attacks in 32 countries on health workers, resulting in 603 deaths and 958 injuries, while similar incidents have been recorded this year.
- An emergency within an emergency: caring for Ebola survivorson Aug 7 2015 at 09:00
New research shows Ebola survivors most commonly face severe joint pains, eye problems leading to loss of vision in some cases, severe fatigue, headaches, poor concentration, and mental health challenges after recovery from Ebola.
- World on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccineon Jul 31 2015 at 01:00
WHO press release on Ebola vaccine: Results from an interim analysis of the Guinea Phase III efficacy vaccine trial show that VSV-EBOV is highly effective against Ebola.
- World Health Assembly gives WHO green light to reform emergency and response programmeon May 23 2015 at 09:00
Delegates at the World Health Assembly made a series of decisions stemming from the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak. These give the WHO Secretariat the go-ahead to carry out structural reforms so it can prepare for and respond rapidly, flexibly and effectively to emergencies and disease outbreaks.
- Vaccination must be scaled up in Ebola-affected countrieson Mar 20 2015 at 09:00
A growing risk of outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and other vaccine-preventable diseases in countries affected by Ebola must be countered by urgent scaling up of routine immunization activities
- WHO and World Food Programme join forces to reach zero Ebola caseson Mar 11 2015 at 09:00
WHO and WFP are combining their forces in a new partnership in the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
- Ebola vaccine efficacy trial ready to launch in Guineaon Mar 5 2015 at 09:00
Based on promising data from initial clinical trials in late 2014, WHO with the Health Ministry of Guinea, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Epicentre and The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), will launch a Phase III trial in Guinea on 7 March to test the VSV-EBOV vaccine for efficacy and effectiveness to prevent Ebola. The vaccine was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. A second vaccine will be tested in a sequential study, as supply becomes available.
- Ebola in West Africa: 12 months onon Jan 15 2015 at 12:00
One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, WHO is publishing this series of 14 papers that take an in-depth look at West Africa’s first epidemic of Ebola virus disease.
- New UNMEER chief arrives in Liberia to assess Ebola responseon Jan 6 2015 at 09:00
6 January 2015 -- The new Head of UNMEER, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, arrived in Liberia as part of his first tour of the affected countries.
- No Ebola cases detected in Iraqon Jan 6 2015 at 09:00
The Ministry of Health in Iraq, in collaboration with WHO, confirms that there is no suspected case of Ebola virus disease in Iraq as of 5 January 2015.