Yale-New Haven Hospital announced a few minutes ago that it has received preliminary notification that the patient admitted to the hospital late last night has tested negative for Ebola.
The patient, a Yale graduate student who had traveled in Liberia in West Africa, was admitted with a fever Wednesday night, according to Dr. Thomas Balcezak, chief medical officer, at a press conference at the hospital earlier today. Balceza said the condition of the patient is stable and good.
The student recently returned from doing research on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, where the epidemic is centered. More than 4,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa in recent months.
The most impacted countries are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The student was one of two Yale grad students in Liberia to conduct research.
State orders quarantine and isolation
Earlier today, the state of Connecticut enacted the quarantine and isolation protocols in New Haven that were authorized under an order signed last week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
“I want everyone to know — from the nurses in our emergency rooms to our first responders and our law enforcement personnel — we will provide whatever resources we have at our disposal so that you can do your critically important jobs safely and effectively,” Malloy said.