How is Ebola different from influenza or other common diseases?
Ebola is less contagious than influenza, measles or the common cold. One important difference is that influenza and measles are spread primarily through respiratory routes, while Ebola is spread through body fluids. The main difference, and the root of the cause for concern in West Africa, is that the outbreaks have occurred in remote areas with insufficient public health and medical resources to effectively contain the spread of the Ebola virus. Those factors have contributed to a wider outbreak.