Ebola virus disease outbreak, West Africa
In late March 2014, an outbreak of Ebola virus disease was confirmed in Guinea. Confirmed cases of the disease have since been reported in Liberia. Suspected cases have also been reported in other countries in West Africa. Gene sequencing of the virus causing the outbreak has demonstrated 98% homology with the Zaire Ebola virus last reported from an outbreak in 2009 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Case fatality ratios from previous outbreaks caused by this viral strain of the disease have been high.
Through both epidemiological updates and rapid risk assessments, ECDC provides updates on the impact of the disease and the risk to European public health.