Kappler, situated in Marshall County, developed the suits almost 20 years ago, in response to the need for protective wear due to concerns about bodily fluid transmission associated with HIV and AIDS.
Calls had originally been coming in from West Africa and they’re now starting to see orders from across the U.S.
In the past a standard order would be for 25 to 50 suits – now callers are requesting prices on orders ranging in size from 5,000 to 10,000 suits.
The CDC is currently conducting training sessions in Anniston for health care workers that plan to travel to Africa, to work in treatment units there – classes will reportedly continue until at least early next year (2015).
A Texas nurse who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas has tested positive for the deadly virus; she was diagnosed four days following Duncan’s death.
At this time Thomas Friedan, the director of the Center for Disease Control is saying that an “unknown breach in protocol” is what led to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse becoming infected; however no specifics are being released.
Additional CDC staff has been sent to Texas.