Ebola (or Ebola virus disease, EVD) is a viral disease that can cause severe bleeding, kidney and liver failure and in many cases, death. Sporadic outbreaks of Ebola have been occurring in Africa for decades. Its origin is unknown but fruit bats are considered a likely host, based on available evidence. Between December 2013 and December 2015 there was a large Ebola outbreak in West Africa. However, as at December 2015 there are no longer any countries in West Africa experiencing widespread and intense disease transmission
Although Ebola causes severe illness it is not easy to catch, it is not spread through the air and is not as infectious as the flu or measles. You can't catch Ebola just by sitting next to an infected person on a plane - it requires contact with infected body fluids (such as blood, saliva, urine or faeces) through broken skin or mucous membranes (such as the mouth or eyes).
You can also catch Ebola by: