Online costume stores have decided to cash in on the Ebola crisis, selling Halloween costumes that look like a containment suit worn by volunteers who treat victims.
“As the deadly Ebola virus trickles its way through the United States, fighting its disease is no reason to compromise style,” one costume description reads.
Each costume, available for both men and women, is being sold for $59.99. It includes a white costume dress, a face shield, a breathing mask, safety eye goggles and blue gloves. Additionally, lace up yellow boots can be bought for $79.99.
“The short dress and chic gas mask will be the talk of Milan, London, Paris and New York as the world’s fashionistas seek global solutions to hazmat couture,” the description adds.
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The description notes that the costume will be the most “viral” of the year. A similar Ebola nurse costume appeared online earlier this week, though it turned out to be nothing more than a photoshopped Breaking Bad costume.
News of the costume followed the announcement of a London event called Saturday Night Ebola Fever, hosted by The Scotch of St. James, which will be held during the Halloween weekend. Although organizers said the event is being held to raise awareness of the deadly disease, some charities have criticized the event.
Tom Dannatt, chief executive and founder of Street Child, a charity running an Ebola crisis appeal, argued that anyone trying to make light of the crisis is “reprehensible."
A Scotch spokesperson noted that the name of the event is a play on words and that the theme is actually 1970s Saturday Night Fever, not the virus itself. The venue said it hopes to raise around $2,400 for Doctors Without Borders, a charity working in west Africa.
On Saturday, the World Health Organization announced that a total of 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, and nearly 5,000 have died.