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 current outbreak of the Ebola virus primarily affects 3 countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Over 25,551 cases and 10,588 deaths have been reported globally by the World Health Organisation (5 April 2015).

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.