West Africa's Ebola epidemic leads to US protective gear backlog

November 6, 2014 10:46 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A surge of orders for gear to protect against Ebola is leading to backlogs through January for some U.S. customers, as demand expands beyond hospitals to firefighters and others, manufacturers and healthcare workers said.

Requests for bodily fluid-resistant gowns, shoe covers and face shields have jumped since the first case of the virus was diagnosed in the United States in late September and as Ebola has ravaged three West African countries..

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