Sweden Ebola: Patient tested in Malmo hospital

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Health workers dressed in protective suits are seen at the newly constructed MSF(Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment centre in Goma - September 2019Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The Democratic Republic of Congo has seen an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the past year (file pic)

A patient is being tested for a possible case of the Ebola virus at a hospital in Malmo in southern Sweden.

Skane University hospital told the BBC that Ebola was “not a likely diagnosis”. The patient had come into the hospital with symptoms of fever.

Maria Josephsson, head of Skane’s infectious diseases department, said tests were being carried out because of where the patient had been staying.

An ongoing Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has claimed more than 2,100 lives.

Another case was confirmed in Uganda earlier this year.

On Tuesday Ms Josephsson told the BBC: “The patient is kept in isolation. We don’t know the exact time for the test results.”

Standard procedures were being followed and Ebola could not be ruled out until there was a negative result, she said.

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