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1,000 hazmat suits being sent by nurses group to West Africa

File: A staffer for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), suits up in protective clothing before entering a high-risk area of the MSF Ebola treatment center on August 21, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia.
File: A staffer for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), suits up in protective clothing before entering a high-risk area of the MSF Ebola treatment center on August 21, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia.
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A donation of 1,000 hazmat suits is being sent to West Africa to help those fighting to stem the Ebola crisis in West Africa, according to a press release put out by National Nurses United.

NNU says it received the suits as a donation from Kappler Incorporated, and the organization is now working with international relief organizations to deliver the suits given by the Alabama-based garment manufacturer.

The hazmat suits come at a time of need in West Africa, as the lack of protective suits has been one of the factors slowing the efforts to contain the spread of Ebola, according to the press release. The lack of suits has also been a contributing factor in the infection, and in some cases death, of nurses, doctors and other health workers, the organization said.

“This is only the beginning of a stepped up effort in the U.S. We must act before it is too late,” said Bonnie Castillo, director of NNU’s Registered Nurse Response Network, in the release.

In addition to Kappler, NNU says it is also trying to with other manufacturers to contribute additional protective suits to help fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa.