Understand the Facts About Ebola

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. See our answers to several common questions.

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.