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Ebola 15 minute test approved

23rd February 2015

The World Health Organisation has approved a first rapid blood test for Ebola which would allow patients to be identified, isolated and cared for as quickly as possible.

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The Ebola outbreak has killed more that 9,300 people.

The blood test is less accurate than conventional tests and works without electricity so can be used in remote regions.

Trials in West Africa suggest it correctly identifies about 92% of people who have Ebola.

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