Scientist invents ‘robot’ that kills Ebola virus

RECENTLY, in effort to eliminate Ebola at the source, through use
of innovative disinfection technology, two “germ-killing robots”
were deployed from the US to the JFK Hospital and ELWA Hospital
both in Monrovia, Republic of Liberia, both hotspots of the Ebola
disease outbreak.

The robots, technically known as TRU-D SmartUVC, were used to
disinfect health care environments where Ebola patients are being
treated. Good Health Weekly gathered that TRU-D is the only
portable UV disinfection device on the market with Sensor360
technology, which calculates the time needed to react to room
variables such as size, geometry, surface reflectivity and the
amount and location of equipment in the room and effectively
deliver a lethal dose of UV-C light during a single cycle from a
single, central location in the room.

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“It works by generating ultraviolet light energy that modifies the
DNA structure of viral pathogens, like Ebola, so that they cannot
reproduce. Viruses that cannot reproduce cannot colonise and
harm patients,” the inventor, a tropical disease expert and medical
anthropologist Dr. Jeffery L. Deal noted in an interview.
Deal and his colleague, Chuck Dunn, President and CEO of TRU-D
LLC, respectively, spoke about the importance of TRU-D to
“TRU-D has been validated by more than 10 studies to be 99.99
percent effective in eliminating the most common pathogens that
can use health care-associated infections.

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After deploying germ-killing robots to Liberia to aid in battle
against the Ebola Virus Disease, TRU-D SmartUVC inventor
traveled to the Ebola hotspots with UV disinfection devices
TRU-D guarantees a pathogen-free environment for patients and
health care staff. Deal, a Fellow in the Royal Society of Tropical
Medicine and Hygiene, has been training hospital staff to operate
the devices in a number of hospital environments and monitor
progress for successful disinfection.