All about Ebola at the Institut Pasteur

Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak that is currently raging in West Africa, the Institut Pasteur, both in Paris and through its international network, has played an active role, applying its expertise to help contain the virus. Further information and all the latest news about the Institut Pasteur's involvement in the Ebola response can be found here.





The Institut Pasteur and the Institut Pasteur International Network are assisting the international aid effort by offering diagnostic support and epidemiological surveillance. From the identification of the Ebola virus in Guinea in March 2014 to the plan for a new Institut Pasteur in Conakry which is due to open in 2016, several Institut Pasteur structures are on the front line of the fight against the virus.





Transmission tree of Ebola virus. © Institut Pasteur

Press release – 23/01/2015

Ebola: Study of the chains of transmission in Conakry


Researchers at the Institut Pasteur of Dakar and the Institut Pasteur in Paris have reconstructed chains of transmission of Ebola virus in the capital city of Guinea, from February to August 2014. The data show the positive impact of control measures on the evolution of the epidemic but highlight the challenges of Ebola control in large urban centres. The study is published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.


News  –  22/12/2014

Fighting Ebola on All Fronts, opinion piece from Christian Bréchot, President of the Institut Pasteur

"Judging by the media coverage in the United States and Europe of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, one might conclude that conditions in the affected countries are gradually improving. But, though the epidemic is no longer a front-page story, the virus is far from being contained. On the contrary, it remains a serious global health threat."


News  –  02/12/2014

Macenta : a cutting-edge diagnostic lab in the heart of Guinea

On the occasion of the official visit of the President of the French Republic, Christian Bréchot, President of the Institut Pasteur went to the Macenta treatment centre on the 29th of November, where he was able to visit the diagnostic laboratory newly installed by the Institut Pasteur. The first volunteers has arrived.


Press release – 27/11/2014

Ebola : a new Institut Pasteur is soon to be created in Guinea

Pr Christian Bréchot, President of the Institut Pasteur, will be in Guinea Friday 28th November 2014, alongside François Hollande, President of the French Republic. Two agreements will be signed, one with the government of Guinea and the other one with the French Agency for Development (AFD), allowing for the creation of a new Pasteur Institute in Conakry in late 2016. On Saturday 29th, Pr. Bréchot will visit the Macenta treatment Center where the Institut Pasteur is setting-up a diagnostic laboratory.


News – 23/10/2014

Blood Ebola survivors tested as short-term treatment option

An international research consortium led by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) will assess whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors could help infected patients to fight off the disease. If proven effective, this straightforward intervention could be scaled up in the short term and provide an urgently needed treatment option for patients in West Africa.


News – 21/10/2014 

Ebola outbreak : the Institut pasteur in the media

Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, several scientists of the Institut Pasteur, have been invited in the media.

Please find hereafter some of their intervention.


News – 17/10/2014

Ebola & mobile technology: battling epidemics with big data

Thursday, October. 16th, 2014 the Institut Pasteur in Paris welcomed the “Académie Diplomatique Internationale” for a briefings on new analytical methods solving critical gaps in global public health. Flowminder made a presentation on methods consisting to use anonymized mobile phone network data with the aim to improve operational decision making in a range of areas including disaster response and climate impacts, disease outbreak prevention, and poverty reduction. The discussions were conducted around the Ebola outbreak. The work of Flowminder is done in close collaboration with telecom operators, NGOs, and government agencies, assuring scientific rigor while building local capacity.

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Article – 06/10/2014

The Institut Pasteur Network: a crucial partner against Ebola



Press release – 24/09/2014

Inserm, Institut Pasteur, Fondation Mérieux et the Chinse Center for Disease Control and Prevention reinforce their cooperation in the fight against emerging pathogens

On the occasion of the First China-France High-Level Mechanism of Dialogue on People-to-People Exchanges, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed September 18th between the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), Institut Pasteur, Fondation Mérieux and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


Press release – 1/09/2014

The Institut Pasteur setps up its action against Ebola

Ever since the Ebola virus was identified in Guinea in March 2014, the designated WHO Collaborating Centers within the Institut Pasteur and Institut Pasteur International Network have been assisting the international aid initiative via diagnostic support and epidemiological surveillance. Now, faced with the seriousness and spread of the epidemic, the Institut Pasteur and Institut Pasteur International Network are strengthening and coordinating their efforts in order to effectively fight the disease.


News – 07/08/2014

Institut Pasteur and Institut Paster of Dakar on the front line against the Ebola crisis in West Africa

Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, several scientists from the Institut Pasteur, as part of their mandate as a WHO Collaborating Centre on arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers, have been offering their support to international aid plan implemented in collaboration with the Guinean Ministry of Health.


Press release – 18/04/2014

Inserm and the Institut Pasteur identidy a new variant of Ebola virus in Guinea

Researchers from Inserm (Jean Mérieux-Inserm BSL-4 Laboratory, Lyon) and the Institut Pasteur have published their initial findings on the characteristics of the Ebola virus discovered in Guinea. Initial virological investigations enabled them to identify Zaire ebolavirus as the pathogen responsible for this epidemic. Performed in less than a month, sequencing of the complete genome and subsequent phylogenetic analysis show that the virus present in Guinea forms a clade (variant) that is distinct from strains previously identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Gabon. Epidemiological investigations also linked the laboratory confirmed cases with the initial deaths recorded during the December 2013 outbreak.


Updated on 23/01/2015