MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Researchers at the Hokkaido University Research Center for Zoonosis Control successfully tested the blood serum of Ebola infected monkeys, according to the media.
Tests on the blood serum of humans are expected to be conducted soon.
The Ebola diagnostic kit is reported to be a small, portable, energy-efficient device.
The current Ebola virus epidemic began in southern Guinea and later spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The outbreak has killed over 10,000 people since its discovery in 2014, according to WHO.
Although there is no officially approved cure for the disease, several countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan have been diligently working on a vaccine.
In January, Russia's Health Ministry said that a Russian-made vaccine may become available in early 2016.