San Diego’s Genalyte has claimed that it’s designed a test for Ebola which can deliver results in as fast as ten minutes. The test uses one drop of blood and can allegedly detect the virus at early non-symptomatic stages. The FDA paperwork has been submitted and official confirmation of their claims is expected in a few weeks. Here is a list of the other stories of the day:
- The American Nurse, Amber Vinson, is said by family members to be Ebola-free. Amber was one of the nurses caring for index patient Thomas Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She was treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Nina Pham, another nurse infected by the same patient at the same hospital continues treatment at the National Institutes of Health Medical Center in Bethesda. Her dog, Bentley, has tested negative for the virus.
- A Lebanese man who arrived in Beirut from West Africa and suspected that he might have Ebola has tested negative. Officials took the opportunity to test their protocols even though they knew the man was unlikely to have the virus. Lebanon has a large diaspora which could increase their risk of importation.
- The WSJ Asia reports that North Korea has decided to close their border due to a perceived threat of Ebola. Tourists won’t be allowed to enter the nation as of this Friday. No details have been given as to when the border will be reopened.
- State radio in Liberia has reported that dozens of people who are currently in quarantine for Ebola have threatened to break free due to a lack of food. A dispute has arisen with people suggesting the World Food Program has stopped delivering on account of the virus, and the World Food Program maintaining that they had never delivered to that location before or after Ebola. However, the WFP said they had made arrangements to have food delivered after hearing about the quarantine of the village.
- Nestle has warned that if Ebola continues to spread through West Africa chocolate and other products using cocoa could face dramatic price increases. The company is especially concerned about Côte d’Ivoire noting that if the virus spread to the world’s largest producer it would cause stagnation in the industry.
- A man was arrested with 633 wax folds of heroine which he branded, Ebola. Drug buyers have a long history of using common names from news stories to refer to the specific product they want. Bin Laden, Hello Kitty and Twin Towers have all made the cut according to the New York Daily News.