South Carolina Physician to Combat Ebola in Liberia with Disinfecting Robots

A South Carolina physician is traveling to Liberia to combat the Ebola virus with his disinfecting robots.

At the request of the Liberian government, Dr. Jeffery L. Deal, director of anthropology and water studies for the Center for Global Health at the Medical University of South Carolina, started his journey Tuesday to Monrovia, Liberia to train hospital staff to use the TRU-D SmartUVC portable UV disinfection device.

Deal, the inventor of TRU-D is bringing two of devices, which stand just over five feet tall, to help disinfect health care environments where Ebola patients are being treated.

The Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfector (TRU-D) uses a modified germicidal light to zap bacteria and viruses. UV light energy modifies the DNA structure of viral pathogens, like Ebola, so that they cannot reproduce, and therefore cannot colonize and harm patients. With just one use, it has 99.9 percent disinfection rate.