The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health, and their partners are taking precautions to prevent this from happening. 

Iowa State University officials routinely monitor the spread of contagious illnesses, including Ebola. The university encourages community members to take basic precautions to protect themselves against such illnesses.

In the event of widespread outbreak, university administrators watch for developments across the country and around the world and are prepared to respond, should additional steps be necessary. The university will keep students, faculty, staff, and parents updated on major developments via the Iowa State homepage.