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WHO Approves New 15-Minute Ebola Test

Dana Driskill | Good Magazine   in  ยท ยท
February 23, 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 10,000 in western Africa.

The World Health Organization announced Friday that it has approved a new rapid test for Ebola, which gives results in 15 minutes. The new test, called ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test, lives up to its name; itโ€™s much faster than the standard laboratory test, which requires 12 to 24 hours for results, according to Reuters. And the new test is streamlined to use much less equipment: itโ€™s simply a piece of paper and a test tube. With no electricity required to operate and its small size, the test can be carried and used in remote areas.

โ€œItโ€™s very similar to a pregnancy test,โ€ Doug Simpson, who designed and produced the test at the Corginex Medical Corporation, told NPR. โ€œA drop of blood is placed on the paper, and if two lines appear, then it’s positive for Ebola.โ€

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