Today in Ebola History

Historical Events

  • 1976-10-13 First electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, working at the C.D.C.
  • 1995-05-09 Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus
  • 2012-08-21 20 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo die from the Ebola virus
  • 2013-12-06 A 2-year old boy dies from Ebola in Meliandou, Guinea
  • 2013-12-28 Early signs of Ebola epidemic: 2 year old child in Guinea dies of an unidentified haemorraghic fever; mother, sister and grandmother soon follow
  • 2014-03-22 Guinea confirms Ebola outbreak has already killed 59 people
  • 2014-03-28 2 cases of Ebola are reported in Liberia among people who have travelled to Guinea
  • 2014-05-26 World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone
  • 2014-07-14 The death toll from the West African Ebola outbreak passes 500
  • 2014-07-20 Patrick Sawyer arrives in city of Lagos in Nigeria and collapses; he dies of Ebola five days later
  • 2014-07-27 Liberia shuts down most of its borders with fears about the spread of Ebola epidemic
  • 2014-08-08 The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO
  • 2014-08-12 Ebola outbreak death toll exceeds 1000
  • 2014-08-12 World Health Organization (WHO) gives its 'cautious blessing' to the use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus
  • 2014-08-22 2nd Ebola death in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country
  • 2014-08-24 Nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone
  • 2014-08-26 Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry informs the WHO of an outbreak of Ebola; later confirmed as a different strain to that affecting west Africa
  • 2014-08-27 Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls the international response to Ebola “irresponsible” and “slow and derisory”
  • 2014-08-29 Senegal is 5th country hit by Ebola
  • 2014-08-29 Riots break out in Guinea following rumours that health workers are deliberately transmitting the Ebola virus to locals
  • 2014-09-05 World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014-09-15 President Obama annouces the US will send 3,000 troops to help combat spread of the Ebola virus

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2014-09-26 World Health Organizations estimates that Ebola death toll has reached 3,091 - with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone hit hardest
  • 2014-09-30 A case of Ebola Virus reaches Dallas, Texas
  • 2014-10-07 Spanish nurse diagnosed with Ebola, the first case outside west Africa
  • 2014-10-09 Gatwick, Heathrow and JFK airports enhance screening for the Ebola virus
  • 2014-10-14 World Health Organization announce Ebola virus death toll at 4,447, and the fatality rate has reached 70%
  • 2014-11-09 Top African business leaders establish an emergency fund to help countries hit by the Ebola outbreak
  • 2015-07-19 World Health Organization puts world's Ebola death toll at 11,284
  • 2015-11-07 Sierra Leone is declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (death toll 4,000)
  • 2015-12-29 Ebola epidemic in Guinea declared over by WHO, 2,500 died over 2 years