(NaturalNews) A San Antonio-based medical device manufacturing company called Xenex has developed a robot that can kill Ebola or other viruses using just two minutes of ultraviolet light pulses. The robot, named “Little Moe,” takes just five minutes to eradicate viruses from a single room, the company said.
The company made the announcement as the ongoing Ebola epidemic continues to grab headlines around the world. To date, more than 7,470 people have become infected, nearly all of whom in West Africa, and at least 3,439 people have died. Yet these number are widely regarded as severe underestimates. In addition, the number of people infected with the disease is doubling every 20 to 30 days.
Ebola is a viral disease spread by close contact with bodily fluids such as blood, vomit or diarrhea. Between 60 and 90 percent of infections end with death.
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According to Xenex, Little Moe destroys the DNA of viruses using a variety of ultraviolet radiation known as UV-C. Along with the more familiar UV-A and UV-B rays which promote vitamin D synthesis and can lead to sunburn in excessive amounts, UV-C rays are also emitted by the sun. But because the Earth’s ozone layer prevents UV-C rays from reaching the surface, organisms have not evolved resistance to them as they have to UV-A and UV-B.
Little Moe is an automated robot with a 62-inch, extendable neck. The neck contains a special bulb that fires 1.5 UV-C pulses per second in all directions, delinking and fusing the DNA of microorganisms. Because UV-C rays can damage the human eye, the robot is designed to be placed in an empty room and operated remotely. According to Xenex, the UV rays cannot pass through walls, windows or hospital safety glass.
Little Moe is just one of a myriad of measures now being suggested to help stem the uncontrolled spread of Ebola. Most such efforts, however, have focused on pharmaceutical drugs rather than medical devices.
Written by David Gutierrez
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