Suspected Ebola case being investigated by Swedish hospital

05 January, 2019, 16:39 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Ebola Sweden

A person in Sweden is being treated for suspected Ebola contamination at Uppsala University Hospital, the regional authority said on Friday.

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

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

A Swedish hospital is treating an individual who may have Ebola, health officials announced Friday.

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Officials at Region Uppsala - the local health body - have admitted it is "quite possible" the patient could have another disease.

"We have run several tests for the Ebola virus and other viruses and they have been negative", Kohler said, adding that the patient "has become much better and stable and not bleeding anymore". Burundi itself is not a known Ebola area but is adjacent to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda which have both seen Ebola outbreaks in recent years. An outbreak in west Africa between 2014 and 2016 killed an estimated 11,325 people, according to the World Health Organization.

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.

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