COPENHAGEN – It was suspected that the case of the deadly Ebola virus was reported by the Swedish hospital, officials said Friday, adding that the patient is isolated.
The Uppsala region, which oversees several hospitals and medical clinics north of Stockholm, says the patient was undergoing a test that was not identified, adding that the result would be available late Friday.
In his statement, the Uppsala region said it was "only a matter of suspicion" so far, adding that "other diseases are also possible."
She did not say where the patient was traveling, but the Swedish news agency TT said the patient had returned from a trip to Burundi three weeks ago and that he had not visited any region with the Ebola virus.
Authorities said the hospital in Encicion, where the patient was first admitted, closed the emergency room, and the employees who treated the patient were "taken care of". The patient was eventually transferred to the Uppsala Infection Clinic.
"The patient came on Friday morning and reportedly vomits blood, which may be a symptom of an Ebola infection," hospital spokeswoman Mikael Koehler told local Uppsala Nija Tiding newspaper. He was not immediately available for further comments.
East Congo is currently facing an Ebola epidemic. All major epidemics are in Africa, although isolated cases have been reported outside the continent. The virus of haemorrhagic fever spreads through contact with the body fluids of those who are infected.