UN: WHO says new Ebola test kit unveiled

New York, US (PANA) - A new test kit to identify the deadly Ebola infection in just 15 minutes has raised hope that new advances can be made fighting the disease, a World Health Organization statement said on Friday.

PANA in New York learned that the test was developed by US firm Corgenix Medical Corporation.

WHO described the test kit as a "breakthrough", noting that it would be used in conjunction with the existing tests to identify the Ebola virus which had killed almost 9,500 people in West Africa, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

It said the Ebola testing kit would be rolled out imminently to fight the killer disease, stating that, it had given its approval to the kit, and the development was crucial because the test could identify the Ebola virus in 15 minutes.

The UN health agency said that the kit could be used in remote areas as it did not require electricity or a high level of training.

WHO spokesperson, Tarik Jasarevic, said that the new test was "a little less accurate" than the longer PCR test which should still be used to confirm infections, adding, "It is clearly an important information, because it is the first rapid test that can give results in 15 minutes, so it is definitely a breakthrough."
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