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WHO Approves 15-Minutes Test to Detect Ebola
Mar 03, 2015

In the fight against Ebola, medical professionals have long asked for a test that can quickly and easily identify the deadly virus that has killed nearly 10 thousand people in western Africa.  The WHO has approved a new rapid test for Ebola, which gives results in 15 minutes. 

Key Features

  • The new test, called ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test, is much faster than the standard laboratory test, which requires 12 to 24 hours for results.

  • The new test is streamlined to use much less equipment; only a piece of paper and a test tube required for it.
  • A drop of blood is placed on the paper, and if two lines appear, then it's positive for Ebola.

  • With no electricity required to operate and its small size, the test can be carried and used in remote areas.

  • The new test could help to quickly confirm outbreaks in remote areas without the need to send samples to a testing clinic and wait for results.

  • In the blood, the test is searching for the Ebola protein, rather looking for the genetic material of the virus, the nucleic acid, which is used in standard laboratory tests.

  • The trials have shown that it can correctly identify about 92 percent of Ebola-infected patients and clear 85 percent of those not infected with the virus.

  • Doug Simpson designed and produced the test at the Corginex Medical Corporation, USA.

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