NEW HAVEN: Preliminary tests show that a Yale University graduate student evaluated at a Connecticut hospital for Ebola-like symptoms does not have the disease, the hospital said in a statement on Thursday.
The patient is one of two Yale University graduate epidemiology students who traveled to Liberia last month to advise the health ministry on using computers to track Ebola, according to Laurence Grotheer, a spokesman for New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.
“Due to an overabundance of caution, before we fully rule it out, we will wait for the CDC official confirmation of the test result,” Dr Thomas Balcezak, Yale-New Haven Hospital’s chief medical officer, said in a statement.
“In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the patient using all appropriate protocols and precautions in order to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and community.”
A final determination from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could come by 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) on Friday, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said.
The governor also enacted quarantine and isolation protocols to be used for anyone who is reasonably believed to have been exposed to or infected with the Ebola virus.He directed every hospital in Connecticut to perform an Ebola readiness drill with its teams and emergency medical services crews within a week.