Greetings. This is probably a somewhat basic question so please forgive the curiosity of a bemused 1st year! To my knowledge it seems that rtPCR is currently still the best we have as to rapid detection of Ebola, and in my understanding it is often only several days post-exposure that patients develop enough viral load for a positive assay. I was wondering if you are aware of any novel methods of detection currently under investigation that might in the future allow us to catch the virus in asymptomatic patients any sooner? Thank you kindly for your time!
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Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, MD
Deputy Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus & Haemorrhagic Fever Reference & Research
Marshall Lyon, MD, MMSc
Director of Transplant ID at Emory Transplant Center
Aneesh Mehta, MD
Associate Chief of ID Services for Emory University Hospital
Stefan Schmiedel, MD, PhD, DTMPH
Head Senior Physician, Dept of Internal Medicine, Uni. Med Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Marylyn Addo, MD, PhD, MSc, DTM&H
DZIF Professor at Uni. Med Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Dominic Wichmann , MD, DTM
ID & Tropical Medicine Specialist, Intensive Care Medicine
Benno Kreuels, MD
Resident Doctor at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf
Ansgar Lohse, MD
Chairman of "Research of Infections," Academy of Sciences, Hamburg
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