Suspected Ebola patient in Sweden not infected with virus

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Medical tests have shown a patient being treated in isolation at a Swedish hospital for suspected Ebola is not infected with the virus.

Local authorities confirmed the results on Friday after a man was admitted to a hospital in Enkoping before being transferred to nearby Uppsala University Hospital, where the emergency clinic has been closed.

Staff who have been in contact with the patient – a" target="_blank" rel="noopener">young man who had been in Burundi for around three weeks – at both hospitals were also being looked after, the regional authority said earlier.

The man had shown symptoms of haemorrhagic fever and was vomiting blood when he was admitted to hospital.

Suspected Ebola patient in Sweden not infected with virus
The hospital has put up a note on the door for patients

Officials had stressed that the disease may not be Ebola and that it was “only a matter of suspicion”.

Symptoms of Ebola – including fever and stomach pain – may take three weeks to appear after contact with the deadly virus, which has killed hundreds of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in recent months.

Of 585 people reported to have been infected there in the last six months, 356 have died.

Sky News reported in November on how doctors were becoming overwhelmed by the number of cases in Congo, which borders Burundi to the east.

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The epidemic is only surpassed by the outbreak that crippled western Africa between 2013 and 2016, during which more than 28,000 cases were confirmed.

Ebola is spread via contact with the bodily fluids of those infected.