Ebola Scare Boosts Business for Alabama Protective Gear Company

The Ebola scare is subsiding in the United States, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease.

Dennis Sanders of Kappler Inc. says the Guntersville company has about 75,000 protective suits on back order. He says workers will stay busy filling orders through April.

Kappler typically gets only a few orders annually for the type of suit needed by health workers who are in contact with Ebola patients.

Sanders says that changed once the disease showed up in Texas. Other companies have reported similar surges in orders, and Sanders believes it will happen again if Ebola becomes a big topic in the news.