Swedish hospital investigating suspected Ebola case

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Patient Placed in Quarantine After Suspected Ebola Case in Sweden FREDRIK SANDBERG AFP Getty Images4 Jan 2019

Hospital authorities are concerned that the patient may have Ebola.

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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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.

Test results are expected to come back tonight, Uppsala's regional authority said in a statement, reiterating that "it is only a matter of suspicion" and that it could be another disease.

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"The patient came home from a trip to, among other places, Burundi, in central Africa, three weeks ago, but they have not as far as we are aware visited any areas where there is active Ebola contagion".

Ebola is a viral haemorrhagic fever and symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat, muscular pain, headaches and both internal and external bleeding. While Burundi is now not a risk area for the disease, neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo has been grappling with an Ebola outbreak since last summer. The disease has killed 356 of the 585 people known to have been infected.

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