Sunday, October 12, 2014

Robot that kills Ebola and Enterovirus D68 showcased at IDWeek 2014

A 5-foot-5 superbug-slaying robot is being featured at IDWeek 2014 in Philadelphia from October 8 to 12, 2014. IDWeek is a combined meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

This futuristic-looking machine, known as TRU-D SmartUVC, emanates UVC light at a particular frequency known to kill Ebola particles.

The study, entitled, "Sensitivity to Ultraviolet Radiation of Lassa, vaccinia and Ebola viruses Dried on Surfaces," found that Ebola virus is vulnerable to UVC light emitted from low-pressure mercury UVC bulbs. UVC light works to eliminate Ebola and other deadly pathogens, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Enterovirus D68, by scrambling DNA of these organisms and thereby compromising their ability to reproduce and spread.