Patient in Sweden being tested for Ebola after visiting Burundi

Pearl Mccarthy
January 4, 2019

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 Ebola virus is so contagious the ER room in the Enköping hospital was closed for decontamination Friday morning with patients redirected to Västerås hospital instead, reports Sweden's Afton Bladet.

It did not say where the patient had travelled, but Sweden's TT news agency said the patient had returned from a trip to Burundi three weeks ago and had not visited any region with the Ebola virus. Test results are expected back sometime Friday night, according to the announcement.

The infectious disease is not believed to be active in this area.

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

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

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

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. Other patients in need of emergency care are meanwhile advised to go to Uppsala University Hospital or Västmanland Hospital in Västerås.

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