An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is currently spreading across West Africa. So far, more than 5,300 probable, confirmed and suspected cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
This Ebola outbreak is, by far, the largest and deadliest ever, with more than 2,600 deaths. The World Health Organization is warning that this disease could spread to more than 20,000 cases.
The Ebola outbreak is already impacting the lives of poor, vulnerable people and communities who may never contract the disease. It is disrupting work, travel, access to markets, basic goods, and essential services like health care.