RI Hospital doctor develops Ebola virus diagnostic tool

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A Rhode Island hospital doctor has developed a diagnostic tool that may lead to more timely and effective treatment for patients suspected of having Ebola.

Dr. Adam Levine and his medical team conducted research over a four-month period last year, while treating hundreds of patients in Liberia.

He analyzed patients initial symptoms and compared it to their final diagnosis of Ebola versus another disease.

The so-called Ebola Prediction Score gives patients a score of 1-4. The higher the score, the higher likelihood that they have Ebola.

“We do hope it can be incorporated into guidelines. We hope it will be tested again in other countries maybe besides Liberia and see if it continues to work but we’ll have to see it from here,” said Dr. Levine.

Dr. Levine says he plans to return to Liberia in the coming months to continue his research.

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