A man is being treated in isolation at Sweden’s Uppsala University Hospital on suspicion of infection with Ebola after visiting Burundi, the regional authority said on Friday.
The hospital’s chief medical officer said the young man had been in Burundi for around three weeks, and was exhibiting classic symptoms of haemorrhagic fever, including vomiting blood. Test results were expected later on Friday.
Symptoms of the highly contagious and often deadly virus can take up to three weeks to appear.
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 patient was eventually transferred to an infection clinic in Uppsala.
“The patient came in Friday morning and reportedly was vomiting blood which may be a symptom of Ebola infection,” hospital spokesman Mikael Kohler told local newspaper Upsala Nya Tidning.
There is no known Ebola outbreak in Burundi, but it borders the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been fighting an outbreak for almost six months. The disease has killed 356 of the 585 people known to have been infected.
The epidemic in a volatile part of Congo is the second worst ever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The largest outbreak was one in 2013-2016 in West Africa, where more than 28,000 cases were confirmed.