Ebola killing robot developed in San Antonio

San Antonio - A local invention may turn out to be a key piece of technology in the fight against Ebola. It's a robot used by hospitals to disinfect and destroy bacteria and viruses.

Meet "Little Moe" the germ-zapping robot.

"What's inside here is a xenon bulb," said Mark Stibich, PH.D.

That bulb emits powerful UV light, which fuses the DNA of a virus and kills it. This powerful technology is now being used in 250 hospitals across the U.S. Little Moe was developed in the Alamo City by Xenex. Its customers include the University Health System in San Antonio and the Dallas hospital where doctors are treating the first man ever diagnosed with Ebola in America.

"We have been communicating with them and supporting them in any way we can," said Stibich.

Dr. Mark Stibich with Xenex said these robots can rid a hospital room of germs in 5 minutes and destroy Ebola on any surface in 2 minutes.

"The operator will come in they log in," he explained.

And leave the robot in a room by itself. It pulses UV light 1.5 times per second cleaning every surface in a hospital room.

"And what our customers have seen and reported in the medical literature is reduction in these infections in the rate of up to 50 percent," he said.

Dr. Stibich said while the Ebola virus is causing a lot of concern right now, he said, it's not as big as a threat here as it is in Africa because of our superior health care and advanced medical technology.


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