A Tracy-based company is ramping up production for a sterilizing machine - a key weapon, San-I-Pak says, in the fight against Ebola.
"Then we fill this with the contaminated waste, the infectious waste,” Arthur McCoy, Senior Vice President for San-I-Pak explained.
Its looks may be underwhelming but its power is life saving.
“Onsite treatment is the last link in the responsible in the infection control chain,” McCoy told FOX40.
This medical-waste sterilization machine is used to prevent infectious diseases like Ebola from spreading and two of these machines have already made their way to Texas where the deadly virus has claimed one life and infected two others.
“What happened in Dallas was you literally had the Ebola waste piling up in patient rooms and employees and nurses coming into contact with that waste," McCoy said.
Once the garment that was used to treat an infected patient is sterilized, it becomes waste.
"It’s what we call municipal solid waste so the same type of waste that we dispose of from our home," McCoy said.
A machine born in Tracy and helping hospitals throughout the U.S.
According to the company, most hospitals in Sacramento and all hospitals in Modesto and Stockton already have this kind of equipment.
The company added it takes 90 to 120 days to make these machines. The request from Texas came quickly and urgently and they were able to ship two off within weeks.