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originally posted by: funkadeliaaaa
a reply to: dianajune
Someone said they can do it in an hour at special facilities. Was he lying?
“The chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola are extremely slim,” officials said. “Ebola is spread by directly touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. You cannot be infected simply be being near someone who has Ebola.”
originally posted by: D4rcyJones
Testing does not take several days. We can have a test turn around in as little as 4 hours at our designated lab.
The reason it can take 3 days is because not all labs can do the test so have to be sent elsewhere.
Also its only ever a confirmed ebola once its been confirmed at a WHO reference lab. Basically if we have someone we can do a test and very quickly rule out ebola however if our lab results are positive we still have to get a sample packaged and sent to either a lab in south Africa (NIV) or to Atlanta (CDC) to be officially confirmed because of how long it takes to get there it might be 3 days before its confirmed evd but we are able to rule out evd very quickly. Also pretty much every suspected case turns out to be malaria, they test for malaria before doing anything else and point f care malaria tests are rapid and so can rule out ebola extremely quickly