delete

Ebola Test Kit Developed

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has led to German researchers developing a fast, cheap and accurate test to be performed in patient-care settings without a centralized medical laboratory.  In the parts of West Africa hit hardest by Ebola, a lack of electricity, reliable cold storage and diagnostic equipment pose as major obstacles for technicians trying to test patients for Ebola.  However, a new test developed by researchers at the German Primate Center (DPZ) cuts the time to answer an Ebola diagnosis to just 15 minutes.  This method requires no electricity, and is...
delete

Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

According to a survey conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), only 6 percent of US hospitals said that they were sufficiently prepared to handle Ebola patients.  5 percent of the hospitals said that they weren’t at all prepared.  The remaining 89 percent of hospitals ranged somewhere between the two, with the majority of them saying that they were “somewhat prepared”. According to the survey, around 51 percent of hospitals only had one or less than one full-time professionals on staff who were capable to identify...