Suspected Ebola case investigated in Swedish hospital

Faith Castro
January 4, 2019

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

The individual, whose identity was not disclosed, first visited an emergency room in Enköping, about 50 miles outside Stockholm, prompting hospital authorities to shut down the emergency department, a release says.

"Test results will probably be received sometime this evening".

The highly contagious Ebola virus causes a violent hemorrhagic fever, accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, internal and external bleeding.

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

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A man is being treated in isolation at Sweden's Uppsala University Hospital on suspicion of infection with Ebola after visiting Burundi, the regional authority said on Friday.

Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, is now monitoring an American who was possibly exposed to Ebola while providing medical assistance in Congo.

An Ebola outbreak ravaging eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed several hundred lives.

The epidemic in a volatile part of Congo is now only surpassed by the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa, where more than 28,000 cases were confirmed.

Humans can become infected by Ebola if they come into contact with body fluids such as blood, urine and tears from an infected person or contaminated objects from an infected person.

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