Swedish hospital investigating a suspected Ebola case, authorities say

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The Ebola virus is so contagious the ER room in the Enköping hospital was closed for decontamination Friday morning with patients redirected to Västerås hospital instead, reports Sweden's Afton Bladet.

In a statement, Swedish officials said: "The emergency room at the hospital is therefore now closed".

"Test results will likely be ready some time tonight".

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A person in Sweden is being treated for suspected Ebola contamination at Uppsala University Hospital, the regional authority said on Friday. "At this stage it is just a suspicion, other illnesses are entirely possible", a statement from regional health authorities in Uppsala, about 70 kilometers north of Stockholm, said.

He visited "mostly urban areas in Burundi, where there isn't thought to be any active Ebola as far as we know", Köhler said. All major outbreaks have been in Africa, though isolated cases have been reported outside the continent. Ebola is one of the world's most risky diseases and killed over 11,000 people during an epidemic in Africa that started in 2014., while an outbreak is still active in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Ebola - which causes fever, severe headaches and in some cases hemorrhaging - kills about half of those infected. The patient was eventually transferred to an infection clinic in Uppsala.

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