Swedish hospital investigating a suspected Ebola case, authorities say

Swedish hospital investigating a suspected Ebola case, authorities say

Swedish hospital investigating a suspected Ebola case, authorities say

They were admitted to Enkoping hospital before being transferred to Uppsala, to their infection clinic. The hospital in Enkoping shut down its emergency room and monitored its staff after the patient displayed symptoms of Ebola. Test results were expected later on Friday. "This is still only a suspicion and other diseases are a clear possibility", the regional authority's statement said.

A suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus has been reported by a Swedish hospital, officials said Friday, adding the patient has been isolated.

He visited "mostly urban areas in Burundi, where there isn't thought to be any active Ebola as far as we know", Köhler said.

There is no known Ebola outbreak in Burundi, but it borders Congo, which has been fighting an outbreak for nearly six months. Hospital authorities are concerned that the patient may have Ebola.

The highly contagious Ebola virus causes a violent hemorrhagic fever, accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, internal and external bleeding.

The Uppsala region is now taking steps to prepare its response if the infection does transpire to be Ebola, including drawing up lists of people who came into contact with the infected patient. It spreads through direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, sweat or saliva.

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