The Ebola River, also commonly known by its indigenous name Legbala,
 is the
headstream of the
Mongala River, a tributary of the
Congo River, in northern
Democratic Republic of the Congo
 It is roughly 250 km in length.
The name Ebola is a French corruption of Legbala, its name in the
Ngbandi language which means "white water".
 During the Belgian administration these names were interchangeable along with the French names Eau Blanche
 and rarely L'Ébola.
Ebola virus (EBOV) was first identified in
Yambuku, 60 miles from the Ebola River, but Professor
Peter Piot decided to name it after the river so that the town would not be associated with the disease's stigma.
 Thus, the river is eponymous to the terms
Ebola virus disease (usually referred to as simply "Ebola").