The risk of Ebola to the general public in the UK remains very low.

Ebola can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person or animal.

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus primarily affected 3 countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More than 26,700 cases and 11,000 deaths have been reported globally by the World Health Organisation (13 May 2015). But progress is being made: Liberia has been declared Ebola-free, and transmission is falling in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Three healthcare workers with Ebola have been returned to the UK and received treatment in a high level NHS isolation unit so far.

Find out how the government is working to prevent the spread of Ebola to the UK as well as tackling the disease at source in the main countries affected.