Swedish hospital investigating suspected case of Ebola

Swedish hospital investigating suspected case of Ebola

Swedish hospital investigating suspected case of Ebola

A suspected case of Ebola has been reported at a hospital in Sweden.

In a statement, Swedish officials said: "The emergency room at the hospital is therefore now closed".

Test results are expected to come back tonight, Uppsala's regional authority said in a statement, reiterating that "it is only a matter of suspicion" and that it could be another disease.

The patient was admitted to Enkoping hospital before being transferred to Uppsala.


Sweden has one specialized isolation unit able to treat patients with highly infectious diseases such as Ebola, located at Linkoping University Hospital some 200 kilometers southwest of Stockholm.

Symptoms of the virus include fever and abdominal pain as many as three weeks after a person came into contact with it, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other patients in need of emergency care are meanwhile advised to go to Uppsala University Hospital or Västmanland Hospital in Västerås.

Burundi, where the patient was visiting, borders the Democratic Republic of Congo which is now going through the second-deadliest and second-largest Ebola outbreak in history - with cases surpassing 600 on Wednesday. It spreads through direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, sweat or saliva.

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