Improving Ebola Diagnostics: Field Lab in Bo, Sierra Leone
The Way Forward
During the first week in December 2014, Towner and Stuart Nichol used nitrogen shippers and a chartered jet to retrieve 4,900 infectious specimens from the Bo lab along with 1,900 from Liberia and 7,000 non-infectious RNAs. These specimens will be used to improve diagnostics for the current outbreak in West Africa and to study how the Ebola virus has evolved since the start of the outbreak.
After this outbreak ends, DHCPP laboratorians will continue to study a disease most people have never heard of or do not want to think about. And when the next outbreak occurs they will be even better prepared to get back into the field and bring science into action.