With the most recent Ebola outbreak exterminating over 4.500 people, mainly in West Africa, and many other countries hoping to ward off the deadly virus, one toy company has decided this is the best time to introduce their newest line of Ebola plush toys. Giantmicrobes Inc is a toy company that specializes in toys based on viruses and other microscopic organisms. Their new line of Ebola toys– including the small Ebola doll for $9.95, a Gigantic Ebola doll for $29.95 and an Ebola Petri Dish toy for $14.95—has already sold out.
The Stamford, Connecticut-based manufacturer specializes in gag gifts with educational value. Their website notes: “Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes. “ Along with advertising their “uniquely contagious“ toy line they also warn visitors to the site:
“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.”
Giantmicrobes Inc lists one of its largest customers as the WHO (World Health Organization). It also lists the American Red Cross and pharmaceutical companies as clients as well.
The company’s website also includes an “Add to Wishlist” and wait for more stock to arrive for anyone who was unable to get their own Ebola. They could also choose one of their other plush toys such as Anthrax, Botulism, Cholera or even Dengue Fever.
As this goes to press, no specific details have been provided concerning the specific number of Ebola toys sold. The company could not be reached for further information or comment regarding the new line of viral toys.
Contagious Ebola Plush Toys Sell Out