The Ebola virus is transmitted through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids.In order to protect themselves, health care workers must wear special suits that isolate them from the virus.But in some cases, said Rich Lamporte, vice president of the global health organization Jhpiego, the suit is part of the problem.“We found it to be of much higher risk than they need to be, primarily because of the process of taking it off puts the health care workers at risk,” he said.Lamporte said safe removal of the current suit requires about 20 steps, which creates opportunity for error.And West Africa's hot, humid climate makes it uncomfortable for health workers to spend more than 40 minutes inside the airtight suit. So the call went out from Jhpiego and Johns Hopkins University for a better, safer, more comfortable design.More than 70 people took part in the Ebola Design Challenge ― students, health professionals, even a wedding gown designer."The wedding gown and the Ebola suit have a lot more in common than one would think," said Jill Andrews, the wedding gown expert. "They both are multilayered garments that require a lot of diligence to remove.Being a person that is a pattern maker and also knowing how garments are made and constructed, I knew that I can contribute."That's the idea behind the challenge, said Youseph Yazdi, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Bioengineering Innovation Center in Baltimore.