Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Swedish hospital investigating suspected Ebola case

Sweden Ebola 1 Patient Placed in Quarantine After Suspected Ebola Case in Sweden FREDRIK SANDBERG AFP Getty Images4 Jan 2019
Anna Jefferson | 04 January, 2019, 23:10

A person believed to have contracted ebola is being held in isolation at Sweden's Uppsala University Hospital, the regional authority said on Friday.

The emergency clinic in the Swedish town of Enkoping, where the patient was first admitted, was closed and staff who had been in contact with him were being looked after.

Local newspaper the Upsala Nya Tidning reports their attempts to get comment from the hospital have been unanswered as the leadership team remain in a "crisis meeting". The patient's test results are expected on Friday evening.

Ebola is a viral haemorrhagic fever and symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat, muscular pain, headaches and both internal and external bleeding.

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

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

An Ebola outbreak ravaging eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed several hundred lives.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa ended two years ago after claiming the lives of as many as 11,300 people across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Humans can also be exposed to the virus through infected animals, for example, by butchering them.

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