Suspected Ebola patient treated in isolation at Swedish hospital

Henrietta Brewer
January 4, 2019

The specialist test to determine whether the Ebola virus is present is expected to be completed by Friday evening.

Mikael Köhler, Head Doctor at Region Uppsala told UNT: "The patient came into the hospital this morning".

The man was transferred to an infection clinic in the Uppsala hospital on Friday, after checking himself into a hospital in nearby Enkoping several hours earlier.

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.

Uppsala chief medical officer confirmed the patient was vomiting blood, a symptom of the fatal disease.

The authorities said the hospital in Enkoping where the patient was first admitted had its emergency room shut down and the staff who treated the patient were "cared for".

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

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa ended two years ago after claiming the lives of as many as 11,300 people across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that spreads rapidly by contact with the body fluids of an infected person, causing internal bleeding and potentially death.

It did not confirm the person definitely had the Ebola virus and said "other diseases are quite possible".

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