Ebola toys fly off the shelf

Oct 19, 2014, 08:37 IST | IANS

Giantmicrobes Inc, which claims WHO is their largest customer, says Ebola is the T Rex of microbes. The company has sold out its entire stock

While many countries are reeling under the pressure to curb the Ebola virus, Giantmicrobes Inc, a toy company that makes toys based on viruses and other microscopic organisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including the small Ebola doll for $9.95, a Gigantic Ebola doll for $29.95 and an Ebola Petri Dish toy for $14.95, according to the company’s website.

An Ebola toy on the Giantmicrobes website

“Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T Rex of microbes,” the Connecticut-based maker wrote on the website.

The latest Ebola outbreak has already killed more than 4,500 people, mostly in West Africa. “You do not want to get Ebola,” warns the website. “A short incubation period of two to 21 days presages symptoms which include fever, aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, and both internal and external bleeding. And then, for between 50-90 per cent of victims, death.”

Giantmicrobes lists the World Health Organisation (WHO) as one of its largest customers, along with pharmaceutical companies and the American Red Cross. — Agencies

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