How Bad Could It Get? US Government Order Of 160,000 HazMat Suits Gives A Clue

Tyler Durden's picture

Now that Ebola is officially in the US on an uncontrolled basis, the two questions on everyone's lips are i) who will get sick next and ii) how bad could it get?

We don't know the answer to question #1 just yet, but when it comes to the second one, a press release three weeks ago from Lakeland Industries, a manufacturer and seller of a "comprehensive line of safety garments and accessories for the industrial protective clothing market" may provide some insight into just how bad the US State Department thinks it may get. Because when the US government buys 160,000 hazmat suits specifically designed against Ebola, just ahead of the worst Ebola epidemic in history making US landfall, one wonders: what do they know the we don't?

From Lakeland Industries:

Lakeland Industries, Inc. (LAKE), a leading global manufacturer of industrial protective clothing for industry, municipalities, healthcare and to first responders on the federal, state and local levels, today announced the global availability of its protective apparel for use in handling the Ebola virus.  In response to the increasing demand for specialty protective suits to be worm by healthcare workers and others being exposed to Ebola, Lakeland is increasing its manufacturing capacity for these garments and includes proprietary processes for specialized seam sealing, a far superior technology for protecting against viral hazards than non-sealed products.


"Lakeland stands ready to join the fight against the spread of Ebola," said Christopher J. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Industries.  "We understand the difficulty of getting appropriate products through a procurement system that in times of crisis favors availability over specification, and we hope our added capacity will help alleviate that problem.  With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health.

Of course, purchases by the US government are bought and paid for by taxpayers. For everyone else there's $1200 mail-order delivery:


That said... 160,000 HazMats for a disease that is supposedly not airborne? Mmmk.

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goldhedge's picture

Follow the money.

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Dr Strangemember's picture

More Halloween costume ideas!!!  Trick or Treat...

BLOTTO's picture

I guess 'they' are really playing up the shit show so they can promote the vaccine that will fight off this awful virus.


You dont want your vaccine? - 'We have a nice spot for you in Camp FEMA.'


Pick your poison.


Neville: My name is Robert Neville. I am a survivor living in New York City.

I am broadcasting on all AM frequencies. I will be at the South Street Seaport everyday at mid-day, when the sun is highest in the sky. If you are out there... if anyone is out there... I can provide food, I can provide shelter, I can provide security. If there's anybody out there... anybody... please. You are not alone.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Update - Flight "Patient Dallas" took had at least 3 stops between Liberia & Dallas, and went on to Brussels.

Just to make it convenient, here it is again (based upon analysis of CDC's own data, timeline between median infection point and 1st presentation of symptom, etc.) - *editorial (mine) - Press conference yesterday was absolutely PR attempt to quash concern (rational concern) and verifiably inaccurate information/statements were disseminated/made.

Dallas Ebola Victim Likely Acquired His Infection During Flight -YouTube
10 hours ago - 3 min - Uploaded by polyglot

Check out CDC timeline for median time first symptoms appear 5.5 days from time of contraction of Ebola virus.

Do the math given the time of the Dallas patient's flight itinerary from Africa to U.S., and presentation of first symptoms.

This guy in video uses timeline & CDC's own data (median 5.5 day period between contraction & 1 st symptoms) demonstrate greater than 50% likelihood Dallas Ebola patient was infected during flight to U.S., meaning there is at least one more (and likely more than one more - given 17 1/2 hour flight) infected person on flight.

And think about this; assuming CDC could successfully track each possible person exposed to "Patient Dallas," it takes quarantine room & average of 25 properly (standard of care & containment) vetted health workers to monitor, treat and/or keep person isolated.


1) Assuming "Dallas Patient" is not patient zero on flight, CDC hasn't tracked Patient Zero (or admitted it).

2) Median delay between contraction of Ebola virus and onset of symptoms is 5 1/2 delays; this can range all the way to 21 days. Theoretically, Patient Zero could display symptoms well after "Dallas Patient" has/did.

3) Close contact sufficient to transmit Ebola Virus is a 3 foot diameter, and chances of transmission with that proximity or closer increase statistically with time. Flight on commercial airliner from Africa to U.S. Is close to 20 hours without any stop-overs.

BLOTTO's picture

One last quote from 'I am Legend'


Anna: In 2009, a deadly virus burned through our civilization, pushing humankind to the edge of extinction. Dr. Robert Neville dedicated his life to the discovery of a cure and the restoration of humanity. On September 9th (9/11), 2012, at approximately 8:49 P.M., he discovered that cure. And at 8:52, he gave his life to defend it. We are his legacy. This is his legend. Light up the darkness.

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espirit's picture

Long barbed wire, fishhooks, punji stakes, and birdshot.

Meh, hazmat suits as a false sense of security.

Molon Labe.

Headbanger's picture


Barbed wire, fishhooks, punji stakes & birdshot will make em spew infected blood all over you!

Fill four or more five gallon cans with gas... mix in some Styrofoam til you get the right thickness...

Zippo lighters work miracles!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is confusing... CDC is for "Disease Control", no? Why is make illogical statement that is not want strict quarantine because is incite public panic. This is sound like is "Population Control" methodology of disingenuous propaganda. Please to explain for Boris!

Headbanger's picture

Nyet comrade

CDC is to say "Center for Disease Creation"

Answer question, no?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Ah, now is compute. Boris is struggle with plethora of Amerikanski institutional acronym.

Bangalore Equity Trader's picture

Listen, Calm-the-fuck "DOWN".

Any incidence will be quarantined and that will make it "IMPOSSIBLE" for the virus to spread.

Now "RELAX"!

Paveway IV's picture

FEMA Blue - it's the new black.

V in PA's picture

what do they know that we don't know...


Nothing! The Government likes to waste money to stimulate the companies of there close friends / family. If little 'Jonny Goldman' was selling polished turds, the Government would find a reason to buy 160,00 units.

Four chan's picture

why we still have direct flights to ebola infected regions of africa is beyond me unless they want it here.

Latina Lover's picture

Perhaps we could convince Congress to hold an emergency meeting with one of the Ebola victims.

COSMOS's picture

Bet you every member in congress, white house, and goldman sachs, including Johnny Corzine has one of those suits hanging in their closets

Even if this thing gets under control, they dont really know its natural reservoir, could be animal or insect.  What if the virus establishes itself in a new reservoir in the North American Ecosystem.  Then get ready for epidemics every once in a while.

By the way if you have a fully loaded yacht with a few months of supply you dont need a suit lol.  Guess those Yacht Clubs and yacht sales in Sag Harbor must be doing real good.


gmrpeabody's picture

Considering that these suits are good for ONE encounter with an infected patient, are 160k really enough for all the medical staff that may be needed? I mean, each doctor and each nurse may go through a dozen of these in a day.

Manthong's picture

 Hmm.. can those suits stop a billion or so .40 S&W hollow points?

..they will be fighting themselves  sooner or later.

gold-is-not-dead's picture

If some criminals are realy doing this spread with illicit purpose they should know about macrophages in humans and that they will be arrested.

Supernova Born's picture

But some say ebola is really difficult to spread. So why the space suits? Why all the trained medical staff getting sick? Why a cordoned off ambulance?

I'd hate to be one of the "cleaning crew" that unknowingly got sent it to pick up the peanut bag wrappers and clean out the shitters on Patient Dallas' flight.

Pinto Currency's picture



When you've got big problems, create even bigger ones to distract everyone

Keep those airliners pumping people in from West Africa - we need a headline.

Rememberweimar's picture


Pinto Currency's picture



Martial law can solve this and the currency crisis that is coming.

MeMadMax's picture

I'm confident of my position up here in the north...


Far Far away from the corrupt and population overgrown states of the south...


Enjoy the palm trees!!! Too bad they don't cure ebola!


Richard Chesler's picture

Do they make special monkey suits for the presidential family?


The Doofus's picture

Good Citizens of Metropolis!  Why panic?  Are you planning on touching blood?  How about eating feces?  Have you cleaned the muck off a dead corpse lately?  If you answered no to these questions, then you don't have Ebola.

Hobbleknee's picture

If only someone had told all the doctors who caught it to stop eating feces, we could've avoided this whole problem.

buyingsterling's picture

Take Obama's cock out of your mouth

Rememberweimar's picture


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Trucker Glock's picture

These are not one-time use suits, unless there is no decontamination procedure for ebola.  Just sayin.  From the User Manual...

"Maintenance and Repairs

Upon receipt, the Level A suit should be tested to insure that no damage has occured during shipment. After that, the Level A suit should be tested after every use and at least annually, whether it is used or not. If the Level A suit fails the test, see “Testing” and “Returns” for more information. In addition to testing, the Level A suit must be inspected after every use and at least annually. A Level A Inspection Checklist has been provided at the back of this manual to assist in the inspection."

Thom_333's picture

Apparently you can contract from shaking hands...say gives me an idea...why not have next election cycle against the backdrop of rampant ebola. Gives som consequence to politicians need for pressing flesh and shaking hands and meeting John Q Public - in public. Hail fellow - well met...cough...cough

Manthong's picture

latest scoop..  a three foot distance with no physical connection is "direct contact".

I wonder what circulating air in a big, pressurized aluminum tube at FL 330 is considered.

Edelweiss's picture

  The government would rather see ebola take a firm hold on the American populace than risk being seen as "overreacting", or god forbid, racist.  If anyone suggested we do the sensible thing (promote, and enforce, containment), that would mean that some poor souls from infected countries would have to delay, 'GASP' that visit to see dear uncle here in the U.S. 

  Working in a hospital setting, I know full well that we have been unable to eradicate a variety of infectious agents (HIV, MRSA, C. Diff., etc.) that continue to make people sick, and in many cases, kill them.  The fact that they are confident that our health care system could handle ebola should scare the shit out of you.  Resources are frequently strained, even in the absence of such a virulent organism. 

  IF ebola cases are seen here in significant numbers, I have no doubt the history of it will be altered.  They will say, "no one could have known it would happen this way", etc.  Unreal.

Parrotile's picture

It is not just "resources". IN the West we have access to pretty good PPE at Ward level, but this is let down frequently and consistently by POOR TECHNIQUE. There is a tendency to "follow procedures" without understanding, so we see pointless repetitive activities, yet yawning "performance gaps" where contamination can, and WILL occur.  "Great Care" in putting ON, CLEAN PPE, but lack of care when takiing CONTAMINATED PPE OFF.

I have seen MANY colleagues de-gown after touching Norovirus Patients (particularly transmissable, that one!), clearly touch the outside of gowns, even gloves, with their hands, then head off to coffee without washing their hands.

And we wonder why "The War on MRSA / C.diff., / VRE" is being lost??

If Ebola becomes established in Australia to any extent, I'm off on a VERY long Annual Leave!! The survivors will NEED healthcare resources too, and I'm going to be there to provide them.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

It is dead simple.  Ebola-infected peon goes to work in fast food restaurant serving ice with soda.  Ebola gets on ice, which goes into soda, which get consumed by unsuspecting morons, who contract the virus.

Pre-Ebola, US restaurant ice has been demonstrated to be frequently contaminated with fecal bacteria. 

Why focus on the healthcare workers when far more infections will occur in far more mundane, less sanitary settings?

NidStyles's picture

You people don't understand how fragile a virus is. Very few of them can survive outside of the host body for very long and the more removed those conditions are from the host, the faster they become inert. 

Hobbleknee's picture

Or, ebola-infected peon vomits all over the place outside his apartment in Dallas and people walking by breathe in the droplets...

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

This nation cannot be conditioned to think that locking up large numbers of Negros is even possible, let alone in our best interests.

Socratic Dog's picture

Umm, I thought the jails were full of black fellas.  Wonder how I got that one wrong?

g speed's picture

@ paveway---Its UN blue--- 

Paveway IV's picture

FEMA blue, UN blue, Crips blue...  same results.

FEMA blue is actually Homeland Security Stazi blue (same opressive, satanic cult) Pantone 2955.

UN blue is Pantone 279.


Rubbish's picture

Last night I order under 10 disposable suits and this morning I get a call questioning me what they are for. I'm west coast.


This has homeland security written all over it.

Paveway IV's picture

Just be honest with them, Rubbish.

Stazi: "What are you planning on using the suits for?"

You: "Oh, nothing biological or disease related. I'm not a terrorist. The guys in my covert Sarin lab have been foaming at the mouth a lot lately and convulsing, so we figured we'ld better suit-up during our next cook"

Stazi: "...What? Really?"

You: "Of course, you dumbshits! Didn't you see it on my web site? We crowdsourced funding and plan on calling our product 'Freedom Sarin.' You're not against freedom, are you?"