Beaumont infrared camera company sending CEO to West Africa to help with Ebola outbreak

When you think of Beaumont, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn't a city on the forefront of the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak, but it just might be.

Infrared Cameras Inc., a family owned company based in Beaumont, believes their technology can be used to help save hundreds if not thousands of lives in West Africa.

Their cameras can measure a person's body temperature to the hundredth of a degree. If someone's temperature is above a set number, such as 101 degrees, an alarm will go off. That person can then be taken to a doctor for further evaluation. The company's cameras have already been used in airports in China during the SARS outbreak, but now the company is hoping to use them to help detect fevers in people in West Africa to help prevent the spread of the Ebola.

"We're talking about technology that could potentially save thousands and thousands of lives," said David Strahan with Infrared Cameras Inc. "You know some people will travel with a fever, and they just feel ill, think that they may just have a stomach bug, not knowing that it could be a larger underlying problem. It could take up to 21 days to feel all symptoms from the Ebola virus."

Infrared Cameras Inc. CEO Gary Strahan, David's father, is currently in New Jersey but will be traveling to Liberia Friday to conduct research on infected patients and meet with local doctors.

"Just to find out more and educate them on the technology that could be used to potentially find this virus. He'll be gloved and fully suited up, somewhat like a haz-mat suit, to assure that no bodily fluids are exchanged between him and an infected patient," said David.

David says his father expects to be in Africa at least a week, providing help that couldn't come at a more dire time. Liberia declared a state of emergency Wednesday.


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