A brand new test that was designed to quickly diagnose infections with the Ebola virus is scheduled to be tested at a Guinea treatment center dealing with the disease. The announcement was made by The Wellcome Trust, an international health charity.
Researchers managed to develop the quick text, one that is 6 times quicker than the similar ones used and in the event that it shown to be successful, it will help the medical staff to isolate and identify patients so that treatment can start a lot faster.
The initial trial for the test was done by the Dakar Pasteur Institute researchers. Funding came from the UK government and the above mentioned Wellcome organization.
The system will use a mobile suitcase laboratory, which is basically a portable lab that is just the size of a laptop computer. It includes solar power, a results reader and a power pack. The gadget can be utilized in rural areas or in the poor countries where electricity is not in high supply.
Testing will use a reagent substance that can detect Ebola genetic material. This reagent will be included as dried pellets, thus eliminating the need to have cold storage.
Val Snewin from Wellcome declared:
“A reliable, 15-minute test that can confirm cases of Ebola would be a key tool for effective management of the Ebola outbreak. It not only gives patients a better chance of survival, but it prevents transmission of the virus to other people.”
Until now, close to 16,000 were infected since the Ebola outbreak began, with the center in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Close to 5,700 people died, according to the latest info offered by WHO (World Health Organization).