Swedish hospital investigating suspected Ebola case

University Hospital

University Hospital in Enkoping, Sweden. Image: Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency

Friday, January 4, 2019

A Swedish hospital has reported a suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus.

Staff at the University Hospital in Enkoping have now isolated the patient who is suspected of having the virus.

Region Uppsala, which oversees several hospitals and medical clinics north of Stockholm, said a test had been carried out on the patient, who was not identified, adding a result would be available later today.

In its statement, Region Uppsala said it was so far "only a matter of suspicion", adding that other diseases were "quite possible."



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.

Hospital spokesperson, Mikael Kohler, said: "The patient came in Friday morning and reportedly was vomiting blood which may be a symptom of Ebola infection."

All major outbreaks of the virus have been in Africa, although isolated cases have been reported elsewhere.