While Ebola is readily killed by using standard hospital disinfectants, the Ebola virus is known to live for up to two weeks outside of the body on non-disinfected surfaces.
For instance, epidemiologists have tracked cases in Uganda where the disease was spread by multiple persons using the same blanket over several days
One concern among health officials is the possibility of Ebola transmission on currency being handled in communities where the use of credit cards is non-existent.
If people are afraid to handle or exchange money, the ramifications for local communities are devastating. This would bring a halt to most daily transactions such as buying food and fuel in communities that rely on large open-air markets for part of their food supply.