Field Evaluation of Capillary Blood Samples as a Collection Specimen for the Rapid Diagnosis of Ebola Virus Infection During an Outbreak Emergency

Reliable reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)–based diagnosis of Ebola virus infection currently requires a blood sample obtained by intravenous puncture. During the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, we evaluated the usability of capillary blood samples collected from finger sticks of patients suspected of having Ebola virus disease (EVD) for field diagnostics during an outbreak emergency.


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