Suspected Ebola patient hospitalized in Sweden

A patient suspected to have Ebola has been hospitalized in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, Reuters reported, citing local media sources.

It is reported, that a man has recently returned from a country that is included in the “risk zone,” one of the countries with previously reported cases of fatal disease.

The patient was taken to Karolinska University Hospital, where doctors put him in a detention center to run the necessary tests.

The Ebola virus has claimed 1,552 lives from 3,069 cases since December, according to the World Health Organization.

The worst Ebola epidemic in history and the first to have occurred in West Africa began in southern Guinea and soon spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

A separate outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 13 people.

The WHO says it could infect some 20,000 people before it is brought under control.

Historically, the disease has a mortality rate of about 90 percent, although the current outbreak has so far recorded fewer deaths per infection. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of the infected.