The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is initially transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person-to-person contact. The first Ebola outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but more recent outbreaks have also included East Africa and major urban centres of West Africa.
The Ebola research theme is overseen by a Steering Committee and managed by a Secretariat coordinated by the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory. Access to data will be managed by a Data Access Committee.