Ebola is one of the world’s most deadly diseases. It is a highly infectious virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people who catch it, causing terror among infected communities. Early on, symptoms are non-specific making it difficult to diagnose.
There is no cure for Ebola. Standard treatment is limited to supportive therapy.
MSF has five Ebola management centres in West Africa and more than 1,950 staff working in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone to try to curb the epidemic.
March 2014: The Guinean government announced an outbreak of Ebola
31st March: Ebola confirmed in Liberia
April 2014: MSF strengthens response to outbreak
16th April: speculations over identity of Patient Zero arise