Friday, 18 January, 2019

Swedish hospital investigating a suspected Ebola case, authorities say

A suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus has been reported by a Swedish hospital officials said adding the patient has been isolated A suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus has been reported by a Swedish hospital officials said adding the patient has been isolated
Melissa Porter | 04 January, 2019, 19:26

The patient was admitted to a hospital in Enkoping before being transferred to nearby Uppsala University Hospital, where the emergency clinic has been closed.

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

The specialist test to determine whether the Ebola virus is present is expected to be completed by Friday evening. For now though, they remain cautiously optimistic.

In its statement, Region Uppsala said it was so far "only a matter of suspicion", adding "other diseases are quite possible".

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. Ebola is one of the world's most unsafe diseases and killed over 11,000 people during an epidemic in Africa that started in 2014., while an outbreak is still active in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The epidemic is only surpassed by the outbreak that crippled western Africa between 2013 and 2016, during which more than 28,000 cases were confirmed.

Ebola - which causes fever, severe headaches and in some cases hemorrhaging - kills about half of those infected.

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