Patient in Sweden being tested for Ebola after visiting Burundi


The man was transferred to an infection clinic in the Uppsala hospital on Friday, after checking himself into a hospital in nearby Enkoping several hours earlier.

The patient's identity is still unknown, but is now in isolation at a University Hospital in Uppsala.

Uppsala chief medical officer confirmed the patient was vomiting blood, a symptom of the fatal disease.

Test results are expected to come back tonight, Uppsala's regional authority said in a statement, reiterating that "it is only a matter of suspicion" and that it could be another disease. The hospital in Enkoping shut down its emergency room and monitored its staff after the patient displayed symptoms of Ebola.

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The infectious disease is not believed to be active in this area.

Ebola is a haemorrhagic fever that spreads rapidly by contact with the body fluids of an infected person, causing internal bleeding and potentially death.

Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, is now monitoring an American who was possibly exposed to Ebola while providing medical assistance in Congo. An outbreak in west Africa between 2014 and 2016 killed an estimated 11,325 people, according to the World Health Organization. The disease is highly contagious, and has killed almost 400 people in the DRC in its current cycle.

Health care workers who are unprotected are susceptible to infection because of how close they work with patients during treatment.