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 28,000 cases and 11,200 deaths have been reported by the World Health Organisation (9 September 2015). But progress has been made: Liberia has been declared Ebola free, while Guinea and Sierra Leone have very few cases left.

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.