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Hospital prevented from using screening machine

16 Oct, 2014

A report says that Texas Health Presbyterian had a machine that the U.S. military is using to screen for the virus in west Africa, but was prevented by government guidelines from using it to screen Duncan. The toaster-sized box called Film Array, which retails for $39,000 and is produced by bioMérieux subsidiary BioFire, is capable of detecting Ebola with a high degree of confidence in under an hour. The FDA rules that it must be used only to screen patients for research purposes, not to treat patients.