Ebola and other tropical diseases pose a major threat to populations worldwide, especially when it comes to diagnosing the infection. Current diagnostic tools can take days to identify whether someone has an infection, but a new test created by a group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers could change that.
The device consists largely of a paper strip, and it can identify Ebola fevers within minutes. Unlike other tests, like those that can identify only a single condition like pregnancy or strep, this one is capable of diagnosing more than just the virulent West African disease. Research published in an MIT study shows that it is capable of also identifying yellow fever, dengue fever and other viral hemorrhagic diseases.