Ebola virus disease is a serious, usually fatal, disease for which there are no licensed treatments or vaccines. But for people living in countries outside Africa, it continues to be a very low threat.
The current outbreak of the Ebola virus mainly affects three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Around 8,300 cases and more than 4,000 deaths have been reported across these countries by the World Health Organization. This is the largest known outbreak of Ebola.
So far, there has been just one imported case of Ebola in the UK. Experts studying the virus believe it is highly unlikely the disease will spread within the UK. To understand why, read Why is the risk low for people in the UK?