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The military is using an Ebola screening machine that could have diagnosed the Ebola cases in Texas far faster, but government guidelines prevent hospitals from using it to actually screen for Ebola.
It’s a toaster-sized box called FilmArray, produced by a company called BioFire, a subsidiary of bioMérieux and it’s capable of detecting Ebola with a high degree of confidence — in under an hour.
But unless hospitals agree to use the machine specifically for research purposes, rather than actually diagnosing patients with Ebola, they can’t look for Ebola in samples, which they did not. These are so called research use only machines.
The FDA rules in what are called “research use only” machines are far more lax than for machines that must provide clinical diagnosis.
The FilmArray is also what the medical team at Emory used it (RUO) to diagnose the first two Ebola U.S. patients, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. In a recent paper, published in the journal Lab Medicine.
According to the initial epidemiologic investigation, the suspected first case of the outbreak was a 2-year-old child who died in Meliandou in Guéckédou prefecture on December 6, 2013 (Figure 2).
originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
a reply to: badgerprints
Yeah, I guess you're right.
I mean there is absolutely, positively no way we could have forseen the need for more reliable, quicker testing for an extremely dangerous pathogen in any kind of time frame which would allow them to recalibrate the machine, is there?
a reply to: Raxoxane
They are using them in the field.