Ebola driving up protective suit sales

FILE - This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. Hospitals around the country are already getting ample opportunities to test their infection control procedures due to a growing number of Ebola Virus infection false alarms. (AP Photo/CDC, File)


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For some people the Ebola scare is hitting too close to home.  So much so that after receiving requests, one local health store started carrying protective suits.  Now after news of the infected Dallas nurse who visited Cleveland, they’re nearly sold out.

“It’s people who travel and also people who just concerned that live here in our community,” Owner, Healthkick Nutrition Center Dan Morris said.

Phone calls and people stopping in Healthkick Nutrition Center Thursday hoping to get their hands on one of these protective suits.  Owner Dan Morris started with 100 suits and now only has a few left.

“People really started to inquire in the last week or two once it has become visible in the media that Ebola is here in the U.S. and it doesn’t seem like we have it fully under control. So, their concerns are what can I do to protect myself.”

“People don’t need it,” Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahan said.

Allen County Health Commissioner Deb McMahan says chances are about 99 percent of people won’t come in contact with the Ebola virus.  On top of that, she also says there’s a specific way you have to put on and take off the suits for it to be effective.

“Sometimes people think they are magic. No, they are actually collecting the potential bad things. So, when you take it off and then touch your eye you’ve contaminated yourself.  I think it would be better to go to places like Healthkick or the pharmacy and make sure that you are ready for flu season. To make sure you have enough of ibuprofen, Tylenol, Pedialyte, and Gatorade, zinc, and Zicam and all of these things so you don’t have to go out when you are sick. I think that’s a better expenditure of resources.”

Morris recommends those concerned about Ebola to take:  Vitamin C, D, Iodine, Elderberry, and liquid silver.

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