Cases and deaths in West Africa
Areas with new cases
Total cases and deaths
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea could suffer severe economic consequences and together lose more than $800 million in GDP in 2015 if the Ebola outbreak is not contained quickly, the World Bank estimates. The three countries are among the poorest in the world.
* Data as of Oct. 15, includes confirmed, probable and suspected cases.
** Increase relative to pre-crisis projections.
Low Ebola scenario = Rapid containment of outbreak (near the end of 2014)
High Ebola scenario = Slow containment of outbreak (crisis worsens significantly into 2015)
Sources: World Health Organization (WHO); World Bank estimates.
In Africa, some species of fruit bats are considered possible natural hosts for Ebola virus.
Cases and deaths by country
Ebola first appeared in outbreaks in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire) in 1976.
Annual tallies since 1976
Cases and deaths in healthcare workers
Source: World Health Organization data through Oct. 19
Treatment outside of Africa
Some foreign medical workers infected with Ebola have received treatment in the U.S. and Europe.