New Ebola test may help stop epidemic in West Africa
The new test, which uses magnetic nanoparticles, has already proved to be more effective and sensitive than the test currently used to detect the virus. In addition, the new test is cheaper than the current test, which will help health care workers isolate patients who have Ebola and stop the disease from spreading.
"In West Africa, resources are under pressure, so complicated, expensive tests are not very helpful," Xiyun Yan, one of the authors of the study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said. "Our new strip test is a simple, one-step test that is cheap and easy to use, and provides a visible signal, which means people don't need training to use it. We think it will be especially helpful in rural areas, where technical equipment and skills are not available."
The researchers have also said the technology of their new test could be used to detect a variety of biological molecules, which would make it useful in detecting a wide range of infectious disease, including the flu.
Further details are available in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.