Idaho company sees run on medical masks

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The owner of an industrial surplus store near Boise says he's nearly sold out of respirator masks after a disaster preparedness website linked to his store in a post about preparing for an Ebola outbreak.

John Schiff, owner of the Reuseum in Garden City, normally sells just one or two boxes of the particulate respirator masks in a week. But starting Tuesday, orders from his online store jumped. Schiff says his stock of 110 boxes was cleaned out, and he expects his last five boxes to be gone by Friday.

Federal authorities announced Tuesday that a man who recently spent time in Liberia had been diagnosed with Ebola at a Texas hospital. Officials are closely monitoring 100 people who had contact with the man before his diagnosis, and his family members have been placed under quarantine.

The virus only spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids.

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