Kansas City group’s ingenuity helps coronavirus patients evacuate from ship

MRIGlobal created high-tech bio containment pods used to evacuate Americans from a cruise ship off the coast of Japan.


State News

February 24, 2020 - 9:47 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City research institute became part of the international novel coronavirus story this week when a unique, high-tech biocontainment pod it designed was used in the evacuation of more than 300 Americans quarantined on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan.

The U.S. State Department owns four of the units created by MRIGlobal, formerly the Midwest Research Institute.

The department said 14 of the Americans on the Diamond Princess who tested positive for the virus “were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols.”

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