Suspected Ebola patient treated in isolation at Swedish hospital


January 04, 2019

 

The emergency clinic at the hospital has been closed and staff who have been in contact with the patient are being looked after.


The patient is being treated in isolation in the emergency clinic of Uppsala University Hospital

 

A suspected case of Ebola has been reported at a hospital in Sweden.

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

Staff who have been in contact with the patient – whose recent travel has not been revealed – at both hospitals are also being looked after, the regional authority said.


The hospital has put up a note on the door for patients

 

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”.

Symptoms of Ebola – including fever and stomach pain – may take three weeks to appear after contact with the deadly virus, which has killed hundreds of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in recent months.

Of 585 people reported to have been infected there in the last six months, 356 have died.

Sky News reported in November on how doctors were becoming overwhelmed by the number of cases.

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