Development of Mobile Laboratory for Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Detection in Africa

Manfred Weidmann, Ousmane Faye, Oumar Faye, Ahmed Abd El Wahed, Pranav Patel, Christophe Batejat, Jean Claude Manugerra, Aimee Adjami, Matthias Niedrig, Frank T. Hufert & Amadou A. Sall
Background A mobile laboratory transportable on commercial flights was developed to enable local response to viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks. Methods The development progressed from use of mobile real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction to mobile real-time recombinase polymerase amplification. In this study, we describe various stages of the mobile laboratory development. Results A brief overview of mobile laboratory deployments, which culminated in the first on-site detection of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in March 2014, and their...
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