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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – During the Ebola crisis that swept through West Africa in 2014 and is ongoing in certain countries, efforts at dealing with the virus that has killed more than 8,000 people on the continent have been hindered by an inability to differentially diagnose Ebola from other similar ailments. 

Now, though, Genalyte has developed a test that it says can tell whether a patient has Ebola or one of a number of other similar diseases, including hemorrhagic fevers, with a single drop of whole blood in about 10 minutes. 

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