U.S. FDA gives marketing authorization for first point-of-care diagnostic test for Ebola virus

October 15, 2019
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by Nardev Ramanathan
Very important

Ebola is one of the deadliest infectious diseases known to man. While confined to rural parts of Africa, an Ebola outbreak can have global consequences. In the year 2014 alone, Ebola outbreaks were reported in the U.S., Spain, and the U.K. Rapid detection and intervention, however, can save lives. Up until recently, detection methods required many hours, even days if labs were distant. The OraSure test takes 30 minutes. Tests like these provide a chance to save lives. Health departments globally are also openly keen to stockpile such tests as standbys in case outbreaks happen again; clients should note the opportunity here in innovation around rapid diagnostic tests.

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