Researchers at Northumbria University have developed a quicker and easier way of detecting the Ebola virus, which caused over 11,000 deaths in West Africa in 2014.
They say the discovery will make a huge difference for medical volunteers in the event of further outbreaks around the world.
During the Ebola outbreak in Africa in 2014 patients tested for the disease had to provide a blood sample, which would have to be tested in a specialist laboratory by highly trained staff.
There are only a few such labs in the world, including Public Health England's in Porton Down.
It would also take between 5-8 hours to complete the test which detects the genome of Ebola virus, before a diagnosis could be confirmed.
Now, a research team at Northumbria University, led by Dr Sterghios Moschos, has worked with a company to develop a new way of diagnosing the virus - EbolaCheck - which can be deployed to the scene of an outbreak.
It only needs an amount of blood that is 700 times smaller, literally a drop obtained by 'pin pricking' a finger, and it takes less than 70 minutes to complete.
As a result, the test is much safer to administer, requires minimal training and reduces the cost of diagnosis significantly.
Crucially, its performance is comparable to laboratory testing, meaning any patient with symptoms of Ebola can be safely and reliably diagnosed.
What exactly is ebola?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola virus disease, to give it its full name, is an 'infectious often-fatal disease in humans caused by infection with Ebola virus.'
It originated in Africa, where there were outbreaks in 2014/15. It mainly affecting three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The main symptoms are diarrhoea, vomiting, a rash, stomach pain. The virus will go on to attack the kidneys and liver.
The patient will then bleed internally, and may also bleed from the ears, eyes, nose or mouth.
The disease is fatal in most cases but the sooner a person is treated the better the chances that they will survive.
The incubation period of the virus is anything from two to 21 days. That means an infected person can have Ebola for up to three weeks without showing symptoms.