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Public Health Agency to develop rapid Ebola test

Published fredag 16 januari 2015 kl 15.16
Ebola vaccine. Photo: TT
Photo: Jean-christophe Bott/TT

The Swedish Public Health Agency will lead and coordinate a large European research project that aims to develop a rapid Ebola test, Swedish Radio News reports.

The project consists of 17 different health agencies and will get financial support from the EU and private health care companies.

The goal is to develop a test that any nurse, even those without special training, can administer as soon as a patient comes in to the hospital to prevent the disease from spreading.

Today it may take up to 24 hours before you can determine if a person has Ebola or not. Researchers hope to develop a test that's just as quick as a pregnancy test.

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