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WHO Approves Quick Test For Ebola

NPR: 15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic
“…The World Health Organization approved the first quick test for Ebola Friday. The test gives results in about 15 minutes, instead of hours. So people infected can get treatment and be quarantined more quickly…” (Doucleff, 2/20).

Reuters: WHO approves 15-minute Ebola test by Corgenix
“…The test, developed by Corgenix Medical Corp, is less accurate than the standard PCR test but is easy to perform, does not require electricity, and can give results within 15 minutes, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said…” (2/20).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency approves rapid test for Ebola as decline in cases appears to level off
“…The new test, which can provide results within 15 minutes, ‘is able to correctly identify about 92 percent of Ebola infected patients and 85 percent of those not infected with the virus,’ according to WHO. In comparison, the turn-around time of current tests for Ebola can vary between 12 and 24 hours, it said…” (2/20).

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