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A SUSPECTED case of deadly Ebola virus has been reported at a Swedish hospital, health bosses have said. The patient has been put into isolation while doctors run tests to establish if they have the disease.

 

Region Uppsala, which oversees several hospitals and medical clinics north of Stockholm, says tests had been carried out on the patient, who has not been identified. Medics will know the results by later today.

In its statement, Region Uppsala said it was so far “only a matter of suspicion” adding “other diseases are quite possible”. Ebola is a highly contagious virus, with an incubation period of 21 days – which means it can take up to three weeks for symptoms to appear.

In August, the World Health Organisation declared a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo – the country where the virus was first discovered in the 1970s.

While the Swedish patient isn’t thought to have travelled to Congo, Sweden’s TT news agency said the patient returned from a trip to Burundi, which borders the African nation, three weeks ago.  Read More

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