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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