Can RNA viruses be rapidly detected?[scroll to bottom for answer]
Yes. Using new nanopore sequencing, the unamplified RNA/cDNA hybrids of Ebola virus and equine encephalitis virus were able to be detected in 3 hours. This technique is fieldable, and could make a difference in RNA virus characterization.
Kilianski, Andy, Pierce A. Roth, Alvin T. Liem, Jessica M. Hill, Kristen L. Willis, Rebecca D. Rossmaier, Andrew V. Marinich, Michele N. Maughan, Mark A. Karavis, Jens H. Kuhn, Anna N. Honko, and C. Nicole Rosenzweig. “Use of Unamplified RNA/cDNA–Hybrid Nanopore Sequencing for Rapid Detection and Characterization of RNA Viruses.” Emerg. Infect. Dis. Emerging Infectious Diseases 22.8 (2016): 1448-451. Web.