Patient in Sweden being tested for Ebola after visiting Burundi

Suspected Ebola case being investigated by Swedish hospital

Suspected Ebola case being investigated by Swedish hospital

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

The patient, who is now in isolation, was first admitted at a hospital in Enköping - about 50 miles (80km) from Stockholm - before being transferred to Uppsala at around 7a.m. local time (1a.m. ET).

Sweden has one specialized isolation unit able to treat patients with highly infectious diseases such as Ebola, located at Linkoping University Hospital some 200 kilometers southwest of Stockholm.

The authorities said the hospital in Enkoping where the patient was first admitted had its emergency room shut down and the staff who treated the patient were "cared for".

The paper states the patient started showing symptoms over the past 24 hours, having travelled from Burundi, East Africa within the past three weeks. Hospital authorities are concerned that the patient may have Ebola.

Burundi, where the patient was visiting, borders the Democratic Republic of Congo which is now going through the second-deadliest and second-largest Ebola outbreak in history - with cases surpassing 600 on Wednesday.

Ebola is a viral haemorrhagic fever and symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat, muscular pain, headaches and both internal and external bleeding.

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