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Spanish nurse confirmed free of Ebola

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Spanish nurse confirmed free of Ebola


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.

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