Ebola in 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
  • 2013-05-22 British Army Fusilier Lee Rigby is murdered near the Royal Artillery Barracks in London by two Islamic terrorists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
  • 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 hemorrhagic 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 announces 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
  • 2016-05-24 Kaduna state in Nigeria declares a state of emergency due to 'Tomato Ebola', as moth destroys 80% of tomato crops
  • 2016-12-22 Ebola vaccine VSV-EBOV is found to be 70-100% effective in a study published in The Lancet, becoming the world's first proven vaccine against Ebola
  • 2017-07-02 World Health Organization declares Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo over (4 deaths)
  • 2018-05-08 Ebola outbreak declared in north-west Democratic Republic of Congo with 2 confirmed cases and 17 deaths
  • 2018-05-17 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo spreads to the city of Mbandaka
  • 2018-06-28 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo declared "largely contained" by World Health Organisation, first outbreak to use new Merck vaccine
  • 2018-09-24 Ebola virus has caused 69 deaths and sickened 150 people according to Ministry of Heath in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2018-11-11 Democratic Republic of Congo announces its worst-ever outbreak of Ebola with 198 deaths
  • 2018-11-26 First multidrug randomized control trial to treat Ebola started in Democratic Republic of Congo announced by the WHO
  • 2019-06-11 WHO confirms first case of Ebola virus in Uganda, spread from outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2019-07-14 First Ebola case on Goma, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, city of 1 million, as toll of outbreak reaches 1600 victims
  • 2019-07-17 World Health Organization declares the DR Congo Ebola outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern"
  • 2019-08-12 Scientists say they are closer to an effective treatment for Ebola after new drug trial has 90% success rate in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2020-03-03 Last Ebola patient discharged from hospital in Beni, DR Congo, raising hopes outbreak at an end in the country after 2,300 deaths
  • 2020-06-02 New outbreak of Ebola has killed five people in city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2020-06-25 WHO declares the Ebola outbreak in the Congo over. The Second worst outbreak it killed 2,280 people over 2 years