Facts About Ebola

Updated February 18, 2016, 11:30 a.m.


Ebola is a serious virus; however, it's important to know that it is far less contagious than many other organisms, like measles and influenza. Although a case in the city has been confirmed, the risk to people in New York City and at Columbia remains extremely low. The patient is being treated while following all appropriate and necessary protocols.

The Ebola Preparedness Working Group, a sub-committee of the Emergency Management Operations Team, recognizes that many members of the Columbia community have questions and concerns. Below, see our answers to several common questions.

We will continue to update this information periodically. See all University announcements on this topic.

Note: Clinical personnel, including faculty and staff at Columbia University Medical Center, should refer to the ColumbiaDoctors Intranet (https://secure.cumc.columbia.edu/columbiadoctors/ebola.html) or the NewYork-Presbyterian Infonet (http://infonet.nyp.org/EPI/Pages/EID.aspx) for detailed information about protocols, precautions, training and resources that apply to them.

Note: The University has issued a Policy for Travel to and Visits from Ebola-affected Countries, which provides guideance for both University affiliates who must travel to the affected region, and for non-affiliated visitors to the University who are arriving from the affected region.

Common Questions About Ebola

Further Information and Resources


Developed in partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health.

Additional sources: whitehouse.gov, cdc.gov.