What is my risk of coming down with Ebola?
Unless you travel to an area affected by Ebola and are in contact with an Ebola-infected individual, most people are at extremely low risk. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. Even travelers to the affected places can be protected by taking appropriate precautions. Travelers to or from countries and regions of the world not affected by Ebola are not at risk.
Ebola is less contagious than measles or influenza, which are spread primarily through respiratory routes. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with the blood or other body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or a person who has died of Ebola.