Sweden discovers suspected case of Ebola: official

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Health care workers, wearing protective suits, work at the Elwa hospital in Monrovia on August 30, 2014
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Health care workers, wearing protective suits, work at the Elwa hospital in Monrovia on August 30, 2014 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)

Stockholm (AFP) - A suspected case of the Ebola virus has been discovered in the Swedish capital Stockholm, a local official told AFP on Sunday.

"So far it's just a suspected case," the official said, without giving more details.

The person fell ill after visiting an area known to be hit by the virus and is now being held in isolation, the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported on its website.

Aake Oertsqvist, a specialist in infection control responsible for the Stockholm area, was quoted as saying the risk of an Ebola outbreak in Sweden was "very low".

"The virus is not airborne, but is spread among humans through direct or indirect contact via blood and other fluids," he was quoted as saying.

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