This paper argues that the lack of proven interventions (treatment and vaccines) makes early identification and isolated management of EVD cases with rapid and accurate diagnostics even more fundamental to interrupting disease transmission and bringing the outbreak under control. Early detection and care is critical for transmission interruption, initiation of contact tracing, and accurate epidemiological surveillance and has been associated with improved prognosis. How to achieve safe and faster diagnosis is discussed.
Chua, A.C.; Cunningham, J.; Moussy, F.; Perkins, M.D.; Formenty, P. The Case for Improved Diagnostic Tools to Control Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa and How to Get There. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2015) 9 (6) e0003734. [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003734]