The European Union’s response to Ebola

September 12, 2014

European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Written by Marie Lecerf

A number of West African countries are currently experiencing the worst Ebola epidemic in history. As the situation continues to deteriorate rapidly, the European Commission has stepped up its response since March 2014 and is now pledging more than €147 million in response to the devastating human, sanitary, economic and political effects of this crisis for the region. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the European Parliament has shown its concern as regards this critical situation.

A continuous spread of Ebola in West Africa

The first identified outbreak of the Ebola virus disease took place in 1976 in Zaire and Sudan. The current Ebola outbreak is now affecting five West African countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and most recently Senegal. As of 8 September, there have been over 4 269 reported cases, including 2 288 deaths (World Health Organisation, WHO). Since the beginning of the…

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