Ebola Test Kit Officially Approved for Production in ShenzhenPosted: 08/21/2014 2:14 pm
A test kit that can positively identify the Ebola virus has been approved for production with manufacturing set to begin soon in Shenzhen. The kit was invented by China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences, and is to be manufactured by Shenzhen Puruikang Biotech. It gained final official approval from the military’s logistics approval department and health department.
The test is able to identify the virus by using the virus’ gene sequence by means of a nucleic acid detection kit that utilizes a “compound probe”. That sounds quite confusing, so here’s all you need to know: it’s using the same technology previously used to develop test kits for the H1N1, H7N9 and NDM-1 viruses.
Because there is no vaccination for Ebola, doctors say early diagnosis is important for controlling the spread of the disease.
More than 1,300 people have been infected with the Ebola virus so far this year
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