Whatever your motives, it almost never pays to look for quick investment returns when a pandemic breaks out.

On May 8, 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola, the deadly hemorrhagic fever that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa in a 2014 outbreak. The share price of Lake Industries Inc., a maker of hazmat suits and other protective gear, jumped more than 10% that day before settling back.

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