Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Sunday, February 22, 2015

15-Minute Ebola Test Approved by WHO

The World Health Organization approved the first quick test for Ebola Friday 20 February, 2015. The test gives results in about 15 minutes, instead of hours. So people infected can get treatment and be quarantined more quickly.

The standard test used now requires a special laboratory. Getting samples to and from those labs is a huge challenge. During the epidemic, samples were often transported on canoes and motorbikes or carried by hand for miles through the jungle. The new test, called ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test, requires much less equipment. It's simply a piece of paper and a test tube. And it doesn't need electricity.

Read more:
15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic

Source: NPR

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