How Ebola is spread - use same precautions as for flu


-Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with body fluids of a person who has symptoms of Ebola disease.

-if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.

-Direct contact means that body fluids (blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces) from an infected person (alive or dead) have touched someone’s eyes, nose, or mouth or an open cut, wound, or abrasion.

-Ebola on dried on surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops can survive for several hours; however, virus in body fluids (such as blood) can survive up to several days at room temperature. has additional information about transmission of this disease.

As I (not an expert!) read this, Ebola is harder to spread than flu, but can be spread though similar means. Keep your distance from strangers, wash your hands frequently, don't touch your face, avoid touching surfaces in public places as much as possible (use a tissue to open doors, shut off faucets, etc.).