A Spanish nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid has been confirmed clear of the virus. Teresa Romero tested negative two times in a row.
She was treated with a drip of human serum with antibodies from Ebola survivors and experimental drugs which the government and doctors have declined to name.
Meanwhile a portable rapid test to detect Ebola is being developed in France.
Current tests based on genetic testing of the virus need dedicated laboratory equipment.
The new one works with a few drops of blood or urine.
A simple check for Ebola takes just 15 minutes. Or at least two hours for a more sophisticated detection.
Laurent Bellanger, project leader at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) explained the uses of new technology:
“This test can be used for large scale detection within the population on an affected area. It provides fast results allowing us to have a better control of the people in the field that have been in contact with the virus,” he said.
A prototype of the new test should be available in around one week.