Ebola, the virus that has ignited national fear, inspired a Dallas man to use it as the theme for his Halloween decorations, the Associated Press reported. Homeowner James Faulk surrounded his home with yellow caution tape, barrels marked “biohazard” and windows with white tape that read “quarantine.”
It’s a holiday trick that not everyone finds amusing. "There's negative people everywhere and they are going to give me grief about it but it's all in good fun," Faulk told reporters Thursday.
During the interview he wore a face shield and white protective suit with the label "CDC Trainee." He accessorized his outfit with a clipboard and red plastic bag marked "biohazard infectious waste."
Faulk put the decorations up last Sunday, the AP said. He said he thought by then "it was getting back to normal just a little bit."
"So the next step is: Let's have fun on Halloween and scare some people in the process," Faulk said. He added a "Happy Halloween” banner Thursday.
It might be in all good fun for Faulk, but for many the “trick” is premature. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S., died Oct. 8 after arriving from Liberia. Biohazard crews went to the apartment where he stayed to sanitize the premises.
Since people are still being monitored for Ebola, and a New York City doctor was placed in isolation after contracting the virus, and nurse Kaci Hickox was placed in quarantine when she arrived in Newark, N.J., from West Africa, Faulk admitted his gag might be “too soon.”
"It's a scary thing," he agreed.
Neighbor Jill Grover said she thought it was real until she realized there weren’t any workers. "It is Halloween, but it is scary because the Ebola was happening in Dallas," Grover told the AP.
If anyone is thinking about going with an Ebola-theme for Halloween, there probably is no need to worry about getting in trouble with authorities. Police have apparently gotten one call about the house, but there is nothing they can do since Faulk is not breaking any laws.
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