Ebola is caused by a virus that is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids and cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms alone. As a viral hemmorrhagic fever, Ebola is highly infectious and the risk of human-to-human transmission is extremely high. Early symptoms are flu-like, followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, a rash and external and internal bleeding. Intravenous re-hydration and intensive care can help recovery but neither are readily available within the weak health systems of the countries most affected such as Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Ebola is most typically found in areas of humid climate and rain forest environments in Central and West Africa. Click here to read about MENTOR’s work in Liberia during the Ebola crises.