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Swedish hospital investigates suspected case of Ebola

Swedish hospital investigates suspected case of Ebola

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. The emergency room of that hospital has now been closed, and staff and other people who came in contact with the patient are being cared for, the statement said.

The individual is not confirmed to have Ebola, and other diagnoses are possible.

The patient was admitted after vomiting blood and test results are expected on Friday night, but officials have stressed that the disease may not be Ebola and that for now it is "only a matter of suspicion".




Local newspaper the Upsala Nya Tidning reports their attempts to get comment from the hospital have been unanswered as the leadership team remain in a "crisis meeting". All major outbreaks have been in Africa, though isolated cases have been reported outside the continent.

The patient, who lives in Sweden, returned from a trip to Burundi three weeks ago but was not known to have visited an Ebola-contaminated area, Kohler said.

There is no known Ebola outbreak in Burundi, but it borders Congo, which has been fighting an outbreak for nearly six months. All three patients were hospitalized and none died.