Ebola Update

The latest Ebola outbreaks in 2 African countries are reviving memories of the devastating 2014­–2016 West Africa outbreak, which took over 11,000 lives.

Sign of progress: Duke University scientists have developed a super-sensitive rapid diagnostic test for Ebola that, when tested in monkeys, was 1,000X more sensitive than the current go-to tests, Global Biodefense reports.

However: Another study focused on a tropical rainforest community in Cameroon highlights poor knowledge of the disease among very high-risk communities. The researchers caution in BMC Infectious Diseases that “rigorous sensitization campaigns” are needed to get ahead of misconceptions about the virus that could spur transmission.

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