January 19, 2019

Swedish hospital investigating suspected case of Ebola

04 January 2019, 06:37 | Silvia Roy

EBOLA The deadly disease has been found in Europe

An ebola case has been found in Europe

The patient's identity is still unknown, but is now in isolation at a University Hospital in Uppsala. Test results were expected later on Friday.

The patient, who is now in isolation, was first admitted at a hospital in Enköping - about 50 miles (80km) from Stockholm - before being transferred to Uppsala. "This is still only a suspicion and other diseases are a clear possibility", the regional authority's statement said. The patient was eventually transferred to an infection clinic in Uppsala.

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Uppsala chief medical officer confirmed the patient was vomiting blood, a symptom of the fatal disease.

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". All major outbreaks have been in Africa, though isolated cases have been reported outside the continent.

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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. Ebola is one of the world's most risky diseases and killed over 11,000 people during an epidemic in Africa that started in 2014., while an outbreak is still active in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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