Yale student with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the virus

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (PIX11) --A Yale University student who was sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital Wednesday night with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the virus, government sources said Thursday afternoon.

The patient is one of two public health students who were doing research in Liberia, sources told FOXCT. The researchers planned to quarantine themselves upon arrival to the United States, but after careful consideration by a team of physicians, epidemiologists and administrators, the university said it was not necessary, Yale Daily News reported Monday.

Yale School of Public Health Dean Paul Cleary said in an email to students that the researchers did not have any contact with Ebola patients while abroad, the website reported.

Robert Alpern, dean of the university's medical school, said in a press conference Thursday that the decision was made in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He reiterated the fact that both students did not have contact with Ebola patients, but did say they were in contact with a man who eventually contracted the virus. It was not an issue, however, because the man was not symptomatic at the time of contact.

Richard D'Aquila, president of Yale-New Haven Hospital, said in the same press conference that the hospital prepared for possible Ebola patients for weeks. He believes the facility and staff are "well-prepared" to handle patients suspected of carrying the virus.

The student was sent to the hospital after developing a fever and has since been placed in a negative pressure room. Dr. Thomas Balcezek, leader of clinical services at the hospital, said Thursday that the patient is in stable and good condition.

At 11 a.m., a specimen was transported to a lab. Officials expected preliminary results within 24 hours, but government sources said the patient does not have Ebola by Thursday afternoon.

Yale-New Haven Hospital originally released the following statement regarding the patient:

Yale-New Haven Hospital admitted a patient late Wednesday night for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms. We have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this point. We are working in cooperation with City, State and Federal health officials. There is no further information available at this time.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said there was an increase of calls from people experiencing similar symptoms to Ebola, but emphasized it is flu season and people who did not travel to affected countries should not be at risk.

News of the possible Ebola patient comes one day after President Obama canceled his trip to New Jersey and Connecticut to hold a Cabinet meeting about the virus.

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3 comments

  • Alina Zhibek

    I guess they are no longer saying that ebola is difficult to catch. Just a few days ago, Obama was saying that Ebola “would not spread to the US”.

    Reminds me of.. “If you like your doctor, you can keep him.”

    Well guess what? My health care is up to $500/month, I have a new 2nd-rate doctor, and dozens of highly trained medical professionals have been killed by Ebola.

    Everything the government touches becomes unaffordable. My health insurance is $450/month, my taxes are closing in on 50% (in NYC), and even my subway pass is now over $100/month (in NYC). Stuff that is still private enterprise is super cheap. Car insurance ($25/month from Insurance Panda), cell phone ($22/month from T Mobile), and gym ($15/month from Planet Fitness).

    It would take a fool to believe Obama’s non-sense now.

  • Pam Cassidy

    Why oh, why is this government being so stupid? Ban travel to and from west Africa, And quarantine anyone who has traveled there recently. When people enter the country, they present their passport and visa to be stamped with the entry date and the exit date and country can be seen clearly stamped from where they just left. At that point, for anyone with a history of west Africa within the last month, needs to be quarantined for the incubation period before they can enter and walk free in this country. Inconvenient, yes, but the spread of the Ebola virus must be stopped and until the epidemic dies down, it’s not worth risking the world’s population with free travel to and from west Africa. Why is this spread of Ebola not happening in India, China, South America, or Europe…..just the USA? Restrict travel and quarantine!

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