Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Swedish hospital isolates patient amid Ebola suspicion

Swedish hospital isolates patient amid Ebola suspicion

Staff who came into contact with the patient are also being treated.

The patient was first admitted to the emergency ward at Enköping Hospital on Friday, before being transferred to the clinic for infectious diseases at Uppsala University Hospital, said health officials.

Doctors in the Uppsala hospital are now awaiting test results to see if their worst suspicions are confirmed.

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Patients who meant to go to the A&E at Enköping hospital were told to go instead to a primary care provider or the University Hospital in Uppsala, the authority added.

"Other diseases are quite possible", said a statement from medical authorities there. 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). All major outbreaks have been in Africa, though isolated cases have been reported outside the continent. The virus kills roughly half of those it infects, with better hospital care dramatically increasing patients' chances of survival.

Symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain may appear up to three weeks after contact with the deadly virus, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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