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The Texas-based company XENEX created a virus-zapping robot that can effectively stop the spread of the disease by using light to disinfect contaminated rooms. It's already being used in 250 hospitals across the country and interest in the robots in recent weeks has surged, according to the company.
One of Xenex's customers is Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Rackspace co-founder Morris Miller's newest company Xenex produces virus-killing robots that have been used in Texas to fight Ebola.
The Xenex robot emits pulses of flashing light containing a broad spectrum--broader than the UV light that comes from a mercury lamp. In short, this allows the Xenex robots to wreck havoc on--and kill--cells in a number ways. "MRSA, VRE, Ebola, HIV, you name it. It's going to be susceptible somewhere along the disinfectant spectrum," Miller said.
Typically one robot costs $104,000