January 19, 2019

Suspected Ebola case being investigated by Swedish hospital

04 January 2019, 11:13 | Rodolfo Wallace

Person is being treated after suspicion of Ebola contamination

Person is being treated after suspicion of Ebola contamination

The unidentified patient was transferred by ambulance from Enköping hospital to the University teaching hospital at Uppsala which has a specialist infection clinic capable of treating them in isolation.

The authorities said the hospital in Enkoping where the patient was first admitted had its emergency room shut down and the staff who treated the patient were "cared for".

But the patient displayed potential symptoms of Ebola, including vomiting blood, upon arrival at the hospital, he explained.

The specialist test to determine whether the Ebola virus is present is expected to be completed by Friday evening.

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Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that spreads rapidly by contact with the body fluids of an infected person, causing internal bleeding and potentially death. Hospital authorities are concerned that the patient may have Ebola.

There is no known Ebola outbreak in Burundi, but it borders Congo, which has been fighting an outbreak for nearly six months.

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. Dr. Ted Cieslak, who is an infectious disease specialist at the medical centers said in a statement on December 29, "the person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious".

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