Ebola: detection strips instead of lab tests

Interview with Dr. Peter Miethe, CEO, fzmb GmbH, Research Center of Medical Technology and Biotechnology

When infectious diseases such as Ebola break out, a rapid diagnosis is important because the early detection of a virus along with the right hygiene measures can prevent its continued spread. However, laboratories and skilled personnel are not available everywhere. Low-cost and portable detection strips can bring relief.


Photo: Blood vial with the label "Ebola test"

Blood tests, that look for example for the Ebola virus, are often expensive and can only be conducted by trained staff; ©panthermedia.net/ federicofoto

Photo: Patient's hand with a single blood drop

Test strips can be an alternative to expensive, elaborate lab analysis. They often only require a small amount of blood and no further equipment. Thus, they are ideally suited for use in remote areas; ©panthermedia.net/ vverve

Photo: Timo Roth; Copyright: B. Frommann

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