WaterRF Fact Sheet — Ebola: Not Waterborne Illness
October 15, 2014
Ebola is not a foodborne, waterborne, or airborne illness. The virus is transmitted to humans
from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with infected bodily fluids (e.g., blood, vomit,
feces).1,3 The Ebola virus can only replicate within host cells. Therefore, it cannot survive long
in water because it does not have its host — either a human or an animal. See the Fact Sheet.