Ebola-Themed Halloween Outfits Expected to Go ‘Viral’

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Cultural appropriation and various forms of blackface are usually what's dredged up from the place of all things offensive and tacky for Halloween, but this year's Ebola outbreak seems to be attracting the attention of trick-or-treaters looking to up their game when it comes to the distasteful.

According to the Associated Press, fake protective gear like hazmat suits and respirators is all the rage on social media, particularly Twitter, and the specter of partygoers dressed as Ebola zombies for Halloween is rubbing some the wrong way.

The deadly virus, which has killed more than 4,000 in West Africa, recently made its way to the U.S. through now-deceased patient Thomas Eric Duncan. It is believed that Duncan, a Liberian resident, contracted the disease while helping a neighbor. He then made the trek from Liberia to visit family in Dallas, where he became ill. After Duncan's death, it was discovered that a Dallas nurse who had treated him was diagnosed with the disease.

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