U.K. scientists combatting Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

DSTL lab technicians at work in Sierra Leone | Courtesy of Gov.uk

Scientists from the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) of the U.K.'s Ministry of Defense (MOD) are working with Sierra Leonean officials to combat the Ebola virus, the U.K. government announced on Thursday. 


DSTL has been working with BBI Detection to provide diagnostic devices to the area. Many scientists from the MOD have been stationed at the Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Unit to study the virus further. 


"DSTL has the unique technical capability to enable the U.K. to deliver life-saving support to those affected by Ebola," Roman Lukaszewski, senior scientific adviser for DSTL, said. "We have the expertise and the latest technologies to help bring the situation in West Africa to a conclusion and to help prepare the response for potential future outbreaks."


Testing in Sierra Leone has shown that the detection of the devices developed by BBI and DSTL has been 100 percent accurate in its results.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, in Sierra Leone and Guinea, 35 new cases were reported as of May 17.


Over the course of the outbreak, there have been 14,998 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease, and the outbreak has led to 11,140 deaths in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Liberia was declared free of the virus earlier in May.

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