Swedish hospital on lockdown after report of suspected Ebola case

Swedish hospital on lockdown after report of suspected Ebola case

Swedish hospital on lockdown after report of suspected Ebola case

The patient's identity is still unknown, but is now in isolation at a University Hospital in Uppsala.

"Test results will probably be received sometime this evening". Hospital authorities are concerned that the patient may have Ebola.

The emergency room at Enköping Hospital has now been temporarily closed and medical staff who came into contact with the patient are being looked after. "This is still only a suspicion and other diseases are a clear possibility", the regional authority's statement said.

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The patient, who lives in Sweden, returned from a trip to Burundi three weeks ago but was not known to have visited an Ebola-contaminated area, Kohler said.

The patient was first admitted to hospital in the nearby town of Enkoping. 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.

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

It did not confirm the person definitely had the Ebola virus and said "other diseases are quite possible".

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