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Ebola Charities Call on Cornwall
4:41pm 24th November 2014
From Stratton to Sierra Leone: a north Cornwall company ships more than 50 thousand medical suits to the ebola zone.
AWB Textiles near Bude is supplying the relief charities dealing with the outbreak with stuff like surgeons' scrubs.
The firm was called on during other international emergencies like Iraq and the Gulf War.
Sales manager Steve Salt says: "We are a very small behind the scenes company and we have a very small niche product, a very specialised niche product and although we don't have a major public face, we do supply what people need in large quantities whenever they need it.
"We didn't expect it to mushroom quite like it has because very often, these types of medical outbreak are contained very locally right at the start. It's only when you get a major epidemic like they've got in West Africa that it overtakes the stock that the agencies hold as contingency stock."
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