“We made the decision to send her home. We wanted to be safe rather than sorry,” Mattias Frick, medical coordinator at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency was cited as saying by the Sydsvenskan newspaper.
No Swedes have been diagnosed with Ebola as of today, though several foreign healthcare workers have contracted the virus while taking part in Ebola response in West Africa. A British nurse who was infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone is currently in critical condition at a London hospital, while a US healthcare worker who was exposed to the virus is soon to be admitted to a hospital in Nebraska.
The current outbreak in West Africa began in late 2013 and has claimed the lives of more than 7,900 people, according to the latest WHO estimates, while more than 20,200 cases of confirmed and probable infection have been registered.