Business finds market for Ebola stuffed animal

Ebola virus

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut company has found a market for Ebola.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that Giant Microbes’ $9.95 Ebola-virus stuffed animal has become a plush cash cow in the last month. The company sold so many of the brown snake-like creature that it’s out of stock and has reordered.

Laura Sullivan, vice president of the privately held company, would not disclose revenue. She said the company has sold “thousands and thousands” of the stuffed animal.

It’s not the first time a disease has become fodder for the Stamford company. Swine flu in 2009 and e. coli outbreaks over the years boosted sales for a brown-and-purple stuffed animal that resembles a jellyfish.

The company started in 2002 to help teachers explain to children details of the common cold, flu, stomachache and sore throat.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

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