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 (how blood moves through the body). This can lead to significant internal bleeding and organ failure.
The current outbreak of Ebola is in Central and West Africa. There have not been any cases of Ebola in Canada.
The Ebola virus can spread through:
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.
Causes of the disease, how it's spread, and where it's found.
Main symptoms, what to look for and what to do if you become ill.
What the risks are and who is most at risk.
How the disease is diagnosed and treatment options.
How the disease can be prevented, vaccine information and additional measures.
How the disease is monitored.