DuPont suits part of battle against Ebola crisis
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
It’s a full-body fashion that both frightens and reassures.
The hazmat protective gear being worn by health care workers and others fighting the deadly Ebola virus have become a key weapon in the battle to contain the largest-ever outbreak of the disease.
The World Health Organization said Tuesday the outbreak could lead to 10,000 new cases a week in West Africa within the next two months. The death rate in the current outbreak has risen from 50 percent to 70 percent.
The DuPont Co., based in Wilmington, has been on the front line of the response effort, supplying protective equipment such as suits, boots, aprons and sleeves, in affected areas, as well as information on biological protection. Photos of the cleanup of the Dallas apartment where the first Ebola patient in the United States lived while symptomatic show a team wearing DuPont hazmat suits.