Liberia Is No Longer “Ebola-Free”

Liberia Is No Longer “Ebola-Free”


“It’s not just a place somewhere in the world anymore, this easily could have been someone I saw or met while working at the ETU in Monrovia, Liberia. I’m definitely more connected.”  Words from Ben Flyr, TOMI’s Director of Training and Implementation, after hearing that 15-year-old Nathan Groote died today, in Liberia, of Ebola. Team Tomi™, consisting of Flyr, Reed Scott, Logistics Manager, and Elizabeth Battaglia, Executive Vice President have all safely returned to the US just shy of this isolated outbreak.  For five weeks, Elizabeth, Reed, and Ben worked at the last two active ETUs in Monrovia and Ganta to test new decontamination doffing procedures utilizing SteraMist™ BIT™ and it’s mobile decontamination chambers.  Obviously, saddened by the recent news about Liberia, they are also feeling more confident that they’ve imparted both knowledge and training that will help healthcare workers in this recent increase of Ebola cases.

“The ETU staff really welcomed SteraMist™, they were open to learning about the technology and felt that it was going to make a big impact on their decontamination protocols, said Scott. “

Both Groote’s father and brother have tested positive for Ebola and are being treated. Approximately 100 people that were in contact with Groote are currently under observation for symptoms, according to the UN Dispatch. Check in next week for a full update from the team.

The team was awarded the opportunity to work in Liberia after TOMI™ received a grant by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to pursue research and development of products that could be beneficial in the goal of “getting to zero” new Ebola cases.