With the Ebola outbreak in the news, one company has seen an increase in sales of its plush toys that are inspired by the deadly disease.
According to a report from Reuters, the Stamford, Connecticut-based Giant Microbes sells plush doll versions of various diseases as a means of educating children. All of their Ebola stock is sold out for the time being. This includes a miniature Ebola plush doll, which goes for $9.95; a gigantic version of the plush doll, which goes for $29.95; and the Petri Dish, which goes for $14.95.
"Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes. Share the love," the company writes on its website.
While the Ebola stock is currently sold out, those interested in purchasing any of the items can click on "Add to Wishlist" on the website. And while the toys may be selling quickly, the company is also warning its customers about the real dangers of Ebola.
"You do not want to get Ebola. A short incubation period of 2 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 percent of victims, death."Along with the Ebola plush toys, Giant Microbes also has dolls for the Black Death, cholera, diarrhea, and even sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia and herpes.
Those who have purchased the Ebola toys are giving it rave reviews on the company's website.
"Love my Ebola virus. It's quite a hit at work!"However, it's a different story on Twitter.
"The GIANTmicrobes are absolutely adorable, especially this Ebola."
"I bought it as a gift for my brother. He loved it and thought it cute and funny."
they selling Ebola plush toys now smh pic.twitter.com/0YpkZQJVCM
— brandon (@cyndatriII) October 15, 2014
people, Ebola plush toys exist... WHAT kind of sick world do we live in!!! — marta (@leatherette_) October 17, 2014
Ebola plush toys and onesies?! Wtf even is this?! I'm 782% done with humanity.
— Shara (@shezasaur) October 15, 2014
And of of course the market for #Ebola plush toys is booming. pic.twitter.com/RfHOLE4t6X — Bate Felix Tabi Tabe (@BateFelix) October 9, 2014
Disgusting exploitation of human misery RT @amNewYork Ebola plush toys are selling out: http://t.co/dXsbD5J5sw pic.twitter.com/trHeEoo2hdIn a related report from The Inquisitr, with the Ebola outbreak being a huge news story, one Hollywood filmmaker wants to executive produce a new series about the disease. Gladiator director Ridley Scott is looking to adapt the 1994 Richard Preston novel The Hot Zone into a television series. Scott is reportedly working with Interstellar producer Lynda Obst on the television series.
— Will Dizard (@willdizard) October 18, 2014
[Image via GIANT Microbes website]