Patient who visited Burundi tested in Sweden as possible Ebola case

Grant Boone
January 4, 2019

The patient has since been transferred to Uppsala University Hospital, about 30 miles away, and is in isolation in the hospital's infection clinic.

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

"Other diseases are quite possible", said a statement from medical authorities there.

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.

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The paper states the patient started showing symptoms over the past 24 hours, having travelled from Burundi, East Africa within the past three weeks.

"The patient came in Friday morning and reportedly was vomiting blood which may be a symptom of Ebola infection", hospital spokesman Mikael Kohler told local newspaper Upsala Nya Tidning. Burundi itself is not a known Ebola area but is adjacent to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda which have both seen Ebola outbreaks in recent years.

Authorities said the emergency room at Enköping has since closed and staff who were in contact with the patient are being looked after.

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

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