The US stock market plunged in the afternoon, with the Dow Jones falling 173 points, its largest mid-day drop in three years. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ fell by 0.8% and 0.3%, respectively. All three rebounded slightly towards the end of the day, to decrease the overall drop slightly.
Ebola has been blamed as the primary cause of the drop. As the disease continues to spread in the US, with a second nurse being treated after helping to care for Ebola victim Thomas Duncan, panic is quickly spreading. The sales of protective suits have soared, despite health officials assuring the public there is no need.