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The government, faced with a flurry of suspected Ebola infections among people arriving at the nation’s gateways, hopes to start using a biocontainment laboratory on the outskirts of Tokyo to analyze the virus, the health minister suggested Monday.

The lab is the only facility in Japan capable of checking suspected patients’ blood for Ebola. But it can’t analyze the virus because it has yet to become operational as a “biosafety level 4” lab, the designation given to a lab with the highest containment level, due partly to local opposition.

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