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Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious and often fatal disease caused by the Ebola virus. EVD was previously called Ebola haemorrhagic fever and there are several strains of the virus.

On 8 August 2014, the World Health Organization announced the outbreak of EVD in West Africa met the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. While the peak of the outbreak has passed, cases continue to occur.

Updated numbers are available from World Health Organization situation reports. The outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (West Africa) is the largest outbreak of EVD in recorded history.

There are no cases of EVD in Australia. The risk of anyone contracting EVD in Queensland or Australia is very low.

Queensland Health is prepared to identify and respond to any suspected cases of EVD and prevent transmission should a case occur.

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Read more about EVD, its signs and symptoms, how it is transmitted and treated and what the current prevention measures are.

Members of the general public can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) if they have any further questions relating to this disease.

Last updated: 11 June 2015

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