Public health officials may soon be able to screen patients for Ebola at border crossings and hospitals with a finger-prick blood test that takes mere minutes.

The development of the rapid diagnostic test by a team that included scientists from Harvard Medical School represents a significant victory for scientists trying to eradicate the virus. It can often take days or longer for laboratory tests, the current standard, to return a positive or negative result. The study was reported in the Lancet.

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