ebola virusWhat is Ebola? It’s a severe, often deadly disease that can infect humans and non-human primates such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees. The disease is spread via an infected person’s body fluids, objects like needles that have been infected by a sick person’s body fluids, or infected animals.

This cover story in The Nation's Health outlines the public health response and APHA's support.

What is APHA Doing?

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa — the largest in history — sparked an international public health response. APHA is offering the Ebola-Marburg virus chapter from the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual free of charge. APHA issued an action alert about the importance of public health funding in the wake of the outbreak and released a Get Ready fact sheet for the public. We posted a series of articles on Public Health Newswire. Our executive director spoke out in the news. A session at the 2014 APHA Annual Meeting focused on that year's epidemic and public health response. CDC officials held a call for APHA members to learn more about the outbreak response. A 2014 policy statement calls for strengthening Ebola response and protection for health workers. And we're part of the ongoing conversation on social media.

In this U.S. News & World Report piece, our executive director, Georges Benjamin, MD, argues against implementing a travel ban to Ebola-affected countries and explains the importance of supporting a strong public health response.

Learn about Ebola in this Get Ready blog post. Read about concerns for health workers in this cover story from The Nation's Health.

More on Ebola

Read more in this Public Health Newswire post and check CDC’s comprehensive Ebola site.

Read this Get Ready blog post on how to spread accurate information about Ebola

Read the AJPH editorial, "The Moral Challenge of Ebola"

Check out "The Road to Zero: CDC's Response to the West African Ebola Epidemic (PDF)

Ebola Facts PowerPoint presentation from the American Hospital Association for CME providers

FAQ on safe management of patients with Ebola virus disease in U.S. hospitals

What local health departments need to know about Ebola