KOPENHAGEN – A suspicious case of lethal ebola virus was reported by the Swedish hospital, officials said, adding that the patient was isolated.
The Uppsala Region, which oversees several hospitals and medical clinics north of Stockholm, says a patient test was carried out, which was not identified, adding that the outcome would be available late on Friday.
In his statement, the Uppsala region said it had "just a question of doubt" so far, adding that "other diseases are quite possible".
It did not specify where the patient was traveling, but the Swedish news agency TT reported that the patient had returned from a trip to Burundi three weeks ago and had not visited any region with the Ebola virus.
The authorities have announced that the hospital in Enkoping, where the patient was first received, received urgent help and that the staff who treated the patient were "taken care of". The patient was eventually transferred to the Uppsali Infectious Disease Clinic.
"The patient came on Friday morning and allegedly got blood that may be a symptom of an ebophobic infection," spokeswoman Mikael Kohler told Upsala Nya Tidning. It was not immediately available for further comments.
East Congo is currently facing an epidemic of ebola. All the major outbreaks are in Africa, although isolated cases are reported outside the continent. Hemorrhagic fever virus spreads by contact with body fluids infected.