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World Health Organisation approves first rapid Ebola test

The World Health Organisation has approved the first rapid Ebola test.

Produced by US firm Corgenix the test is intended to enable "rapid, sensitive, safe and simple diagnostic testing" of suspected Ebola patients.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said the test is less accurate than the standard test but is easy to perform, does not require electricity, and can give results within 15 minutes.

Faulty insulin pens recalled

Diabetes sufferers are being warned to check their insulin pens after the Medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency (Mhra) issued a recall of the pens.

The Mhra said some the insulin pens sold by manufacturer Owen Mumford have faulty dose selectors that are erroneously reverting to zero, and could cause an under-dose of insulin to be given.

Pens with the three-letter codes 7VJ, 7WB, 7WC, 7WD, 8CN, 8CP, 8CR, 8EL, 8EM, 8JK, 8JM, 8JN, 8JP, 8VV, or 8VW printed on their packaging or with the codes 7RT, 7PN, 7PP, 7RV, 8KK, or 8XD printed on the lower part of the pen body are reportedly affected by the fault.

WHO: More than 2,400 killed by Ebola in West Africa

More than 2,400 people have died as a result of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa but the figure could be an underestimate, the World Health Organisation has said.

Margaret Chan, WHO director general, warned the number of cases of the disease were increasing faster than the authorities' ability to manage them.

She called for international support for more healthcare workers, medical supplies and aid to be sent to the worst-affected countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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