15 Minute Easy-to-Use Test for Ebola Cleared by WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the first rapid test for Ebola virus disease today. “The ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test Kit (Corgenix Medical Corp) was evaluated under the WHO’s Emergency Assessment and Use, a procedure established to provide minimum quality, safety, and performance assurance for diagnostic products in the context of the Ebola emergency, the WHO explains in a news release.” ( Source – )
Take Home Message: “The ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test, which can provide results within 15 minutes, is based on detection of the Ebola protein rather than nucleic acid. When compared with the results of a NAT previously listed by WHO and currently being used in the field (RealStar® Filovirus Screen RT-PCR Kit 1.0, altona Diagnostics GmbH), ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test is able to correctly identify about 92% of Ebola infected patients and 85% of those not infected with the virus.” – ( Taken from WHO press release sourced above).
When will it be available for preppers? Hard to say. These types of tests can take a year or more to make their way to special interest groups. They are generally not released directly to the public for home use, but are still available with a little effort. We will keep you up to date.
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