Swedish hospital investigating suspected Ebola case

Swedish hospital investigating suspected Ebola case

A person believed to have contracted ebola is being held in isolation at Sweden's Uppsala University Hospital, the regional authority said on Friday.

The emergency clinic in the Swedish town of Enkoping, where the patient was first admitted, was closed and staff who had been in contact with him were being looked after.

Region Uppsala said in a statement that the test results would "probably come back at some point tonight" and emphasized that Ebola was "still only a matter of suspicion, other diseases are also entirely possible".

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.

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

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The man was now "in stable condition", he added.

The paper states the patient started showing symptoms over the past 24 hours, having travelled from Burundi, East Africa within the past three weeks.

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

There is no known Ebola outbreak in Burundi, but it borders Congo, which has been fighting an outbreak for nearly six months.

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