Local Man Takes Ebola Ice Bucket Challenge


Van Baxter gets doused with ice water, which he said was not nearly as bad as he thought it would be.

By CRAIG MILLAR         OCT. 8, 2014

RALEIGH, NC — In an effort to draw attention to Ebola, the disease ravaging west Africa, Raleigh man Van Baxter on Wednesday doused himself with ice water while wearing a Tyvek hazmat suit, respirator and gloves.

“You don’t hear much about Ebola, but it’s real. And it’s out there. Wake up, people,” said Baxter. Ebola is mentioned less than 95% of the time on prime-time newscasts, he noted, and even then its coverage is limited to NBC, CBS, ESPN, MSNBC, Fox, PBS, The Daily Show, ABC, Telemundo, CNN, and the Huffington Post.

To help stop the spread of Ebola in his community, Baxter plans to stop eating and having sex with fruit bats.

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