The Ebola Epidemic
The first case of Ebola was seen in 1976bin southern Sudan and northern Zaïre; which are both located 500 miles apart from each other. The virus was named after the Ebola River, where the disease was first found. The Ebola "virus" is actually a group of four subtypes that are 30% to 45% different at the nucleotide level, suggesting that there are four different types of Ebola viruses. While there are said to be five strains of the virus, four are found in humans and the fifth is commonly found in animals.
The virus is moderately contagious, considering the fact that you cannot catch the disease through the air. The only possible way to catch this disease is to come in contact with a patient's blood or bodily fluids who has or has had Ebola.
What's Going On Now
Yes Ebola isn't an airborne disease and you would have to come into direct contact with someone who has it to come down with the virus, but that doesn't mean that you are 100% safe from it. By not washing your hands every time you use the bathroom or not covering your mouth when you cough, you are putting yourself and others at risk for diseases and viruses.
Another way to prevent getting ANY disease/virus would be just to wash your hands every time you use the bathroom or sneeze or cough. Whenever you do sneeze, make sure you get a tissue if you need one or turn away from everyone else and cover your face. When you cough, make sure you cover your mouth and turn away from everyone else, as well. Just use common sense and don't be stupid.