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Selected Outbreaks


Electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2. Source: Robert Koch-InstitutThe Robert Koch Institute is continuously monitoring the situation, evaluating all available information, estimating the risk for the population in Germany and providing health professionals with recommendations.Information on the novel coronavirus and hygiene for the general public is available on the website of the Federal Centre for Health Education. Additionally, lots of authorities and health insurances have set up hotlines.


Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, 2014-2015

A work of art for educating about Ebola virus disease emerges on the wall at a sports field in Monrovia, paid for by the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Source: Esther Hamblion/WHOIn 2014/15, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia were confronted with the largest Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in history. The risk of Ebola introduction and transmission to Germany was always considered low; nevertheless, the country was well prepared.


EHEC O104:H4 Outbreak in Germany, 2011

EHEC O104:H4. Source: Gudrun Holland, Michael Laue/RKIFrom May to July 2011, there was a large disease outbreak characterized by haemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) and bloody diarrhea in Germany. The outbreak was caused by enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) of the serotype O104:H4. Fenugreek sprouts were identified as most likely vehicle of infection.