Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Swedish hospital investigating suspected case of Ebola

Swedish hospital investigating suspected case of Ebola

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.

The patient was first admitted to hospital in the nearby town of Enkoping.

Uppsala chief of medicine Mikael Köhler told regional newspaper UNT that the patient had returned to Sweden from a trip to Burundi among other places three weeks ago, but was not understood to have visited any areas affected by active Ebola outbreaks.

But the patient displayed potential symptoms of Ebola, including vomiting blood, upon arrival at the hospital, he explained. Test results were expected later on Friday. Hospital authorities are concerned that the patient may have Ebola. Staff who came into contact with the patient are also being treated.

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Of 585 people reported to have been infected there in the last six months, 356 have died.

The epidemic in a volatile part of Congo is now only surpassed by the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa, where more than 28,000 cases were confirmed.

It did not confirm the person definitely had the Ebola virus and said "other diseases are quite possible". The virus is not transmitted through the air.

Health care workers who are unprotected are susceptible to infection because of how close they work with patients during treatment.

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