Japan scientists find new method for detection of Ebola virus.

Japanese researchers say they have developed a cheaper, simpler Ebola virus detection method, or to help medical workers to do more quickly to patients in this history of the most serious outbreak of Ebola the diagnosis.


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Ebola virus. (Source: CDC)

Japanese researchers say they have developed a cheaper, simpler Ebola virus detection method, or to help medical workers to do more quickly to patients in this history of the most serious outbreak of Ebola the diagnosis.

Bloomberg News website on September 2, said Nagasaki University epidemiology professor Jiro Yasuda (sound) said the same day, this method takes about 30 minutes to draw the test results, but also in the absence of electricity supply in rural areas get on. Jiro Yasuda and his colleagues in 2007 published a paper to introduce this technology in the United States, “Journal of Virology Methods” magazine. Now through improved, this technology has been available for specialized detect the Ebola virus strain causing the death of more than 1550 people in West Africa.

Yasuda said that this method is based on Japan by Eiken Chemical Co., Ltd. technique using a blood sample temperature is maintained at 63 degrees Celsius simple heater zoom viral DNA.

He said that the current use of the medical profession Ebola virus detection technology called polymerase chain reaction, this technique requires expensive cycle cost variable temperature heater to control the temperature of the blood samples, testing time is long.

Yasuda said: “The current detection method has great limitations apply only to the big cities to use the new method can make the diagnosis for more patients..”

World Health Organization has said the number of Ebola virus infection in Africa is accelerating rise in new cases accounted for nearly 21 days to 40% of the total number of cases. Ebola outbreak round mortality rate of about 52%.

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