posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 04:15 PM
From CDC website…..
Ebola viruses are transmitted through direct contact with blood or body fluids/substances (e.g., urine, feces, vomit) of an infected person with
symptoms or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected blood or body fluids. The role of the
environment in transmission has not been established. Limited laboratory studies under favorable conditions indicate that Ebola virus can remain
viable on solid surfaces, with concentrations falling slowly over several days..1, 2 In the only study to assess contamination of the patient care
environment during an outbreak, virus was not detected in any of 33 samples collected from sites that were not visibly bloody. However, virus was
detected on a blood-stained glove and bloody intravenous insertion site.3 There is no epidemiologic evidence of Ebola virus transmission via either
the environment or fomites that could become contaminated during patient care (e.g., bed rails, door knobs, laundry). However, given the apparent low
infectious dose, potential of high virus titers in the blood of ill patients, and disease severity, higher levels of precaution are warranted to
reduce the potential risk posed by contaminated surfaces in the patient care environment.