2014-10-29 09:52

As infection toll passes 10,000, websites cash in with 'sexy Ebola nurse' costumes and even Ebola PARTIES

Websites and bars appear to be cashing in on the Ebola crisis by selling costumes for Halloween, mocked up to look like a containment suit being worn by volunteers risking their own lives to treat people infected with the deadly disease.

The costume - which is available in a male and female version - has appeared on the brands on sale website.

A description of the suit says: 'As the deadly Ebola virus trickles its way through the United States, fighting its disease is no reason to compromise style.'

The costume has gone on sale as flyers have been released advertising a 'Saturday Night Ebola Fever' Halloween event in London.

Last night the WHO confirmed the number of people who had been infected with the disease had reached 10,000.

Almost 5,000 people have so far died of Ebola, most from Africa and the WHO estimates the figure could be higher due to under reporting in Africa.

The costumes, which are being sold for $59.99 (£37) come complete with a white costume dress, face shield, breathing mask, safety eye goggles and blue gloves.

The site sells the lace up yellow boots separately for $79.99 (£49).

The description adds: '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.'

It says the male and female outfits are the perfect way for couples to dress up for Halloween parties. On the male version the website adds: 'This will literally be the most "viral" costume of the year.'

The Scotch of St James, a music venue in Mayfair in London, is due to hold an event called Saturday Night Ebola Fever for Halloween weekend. Flyers and a Facebook invite, complete with a banner with Halloween-themed writing, have been released - drawing criticism from charities attempting to deal with the outbreak.

However organisers say the event is being held to raise awareness of the deadly disease.

But Tom Dannatt, chief executive and founder of Street Child, a charity running an Ebola crisis appeal, told the Telegraph that anyone trying to make light of the crisis or a profit out of it is 'reprehensible.'

Organisers at the Scotch said the name of the flyer is a play on words, and that the theme was not Ebola but 1970s Saturday Night Fever.

A spokesman said: 'The organisers of the charity event aim to raise awareness as well as hard funds, in the region of £1500, that would go towards the fight against the spread of Ebola, and victims affected by the disease.'

He said it was a 'great shame' the event was now being viewed negatively.

He added: 'The voluntary donation has always been stated from the start, as the original intention of the event was always to raise money as much money as possible for a good cause.'

It has been organised by Mom X Dad, a London-based production agency.

A spokesman for Mom X Dad said they were now not sure if the event would go ahead because of the negative reaction to it.












圣詹姆斯的苏格兰人(The Scotch of St James)俱乐部是伦敦梅菲尔区(Mayfair)的一处音乐聚集地,万圣节期间这里将举办“埃博拉周末夜狂热“。该活动除了发放传单以及脸书上的链接,还悬挂了一面写有万圣节主题的旗帜,这些宣传都引来了正在处理埃博拉疫情的慈善机构的批评。


但是,慈善机构“街头儿童“(Street Child)创始人和首席执行官汤姆•达纳特(Tom Dannatt)告诉《电讯报》(the Telegraph),任何想要藐视埃博拉危机,或者想要从埃博拉危机中攫取利益的人都应受到谴责。





“埃博拉周末夜狂热“由一家总部设在伦敦的制作公司Mom X Dad组织筹办。

Mom X Dad的发言人说,由于“埃博拉周末夜狂热“引发的消极反响,因此现在他们不肯定这次聚会是否能如期举行。