The Ebola outbreak: Is it safe to travel?

August 18, 2014 2:26 PM

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The Ebola outbreak: Is it safe to travel?

The outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa has struck fear into visitors to the region. The disease has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, so travelers need to understand just how the virus spreads.

Ebola is not an airborne illness like SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which spreads easily in contained spaces, including subways and airplanes, and whose global outbreak in 2003 actually posed a bigger threat to travelers.

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