An Ebola plush toy modeled after the deadly virus has become a big hit.
GiantMicrobes.com, which is marketing the stuffed toy for $9.95, states on its website: "Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes. Learn all about this fearsome frontpage disease. Great teaching tool for students of all ages."
"We are currently out of stock worldwide," Laura Sullivan, vice president of marketing for Giant Microbes, told CNBC. "We have continued to sell out a number of times over the last couple of months."
Sullivan added that the stuffed Ebola toy is mostly sold to medical clinics and schools for educational purposes, but added, "[Ebola] humor seems off color."
According to Mediaite.com, Giant Microbes also sells stuffed toys that resemble amoebas, e. coli and herpes.
"[Ebola] not like our herpes toy which is often a gag gift," added Sullivan. "A guy wants to give his girlfriend herpes."