Suspected Ebola patient isolated at Swedish hospital

A patient suspected to have symptoms of Ebola was admitted to the hospital in the Swedish city of Enköping and later transferred to an infectious diseases clinic in a neighboring city. Health workers are particularly susceptible to the infection because of how close they get to the patients, especially if they are unprotected. "At this stage, it is just a suspicion, other illnesses are entirely possible", a statement from regional health authorities in Uppsala, about 70 kilometres (45 miles) north of Stockholm, said.

A door of the hospital in Enköping, Sweden, is pictured on January 4, 2019, as it has received a case of suspected Ebola, according to health care officials.

The patient arrived back in Sweden following a trip to Burundi three weeks ago and current symptoms began to appear Friday morning.

Burundi borders Congo, which is going through the second-deadliest and second-largest Ebola outbreak in history - with cases surpassing 600 as of Wednesday.

According to the Uppsala University Hospital chief medical officer, the man has been exhibiting classic symptoms of the virus, such as hemorrhagic fever and vomiting blood.

However, there is no information that the patient visited the areas affected by the Ebola virus, the publication emphasizes.

Humans can become infected by Ebola if they come into contact with fluids such as blood, urine and tears from an infected person or objects contaminated by an infected person. Concerns over Ebola were opened up because of the history-making Ebola outbreak now going on in Congo.

Vanessa Coleman

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