Israeli ingenuity is helping to stop the spread of the Ebola virus with a new sterile tent, produced by Israel’s SYS Technologies. At least 5,000 people in eight different countries have died of the disease thus far, out of 10,000 infected during the current outbreak.
The Or Akiva-based SYS Technologies firm specializes in mobile operating theaters and clean air systems. Its new special inflatable isolation tents have already been installed in Guinea, one of the three hardest-hit West African nations.
Other African nations have also purchased the tents in the hopes of halting the spread of the deadly virus.
“There is currently no effective treatment for Ebola, so the principal weapon against it is to isolate the patients so that others aren’t infected,” says Yossi Yonah, who is responsible for marketing the tents.
“Our units are far more readily available than other mobile structures and they are hermetically sealed and protect the surroundings from the patients.”
It takes two weeks for the company to produce and deliver the tents – already inflated – in accordance with the client’s specifications.
Positive pressure technology is used to create the absolutely clear and isolated environment inside the tent, and to maintain the structure. In addition, the company created an incubator-like stretcher for safe transfer of patients to the isolation tents.