CT EBOLA UPDATE: State invokes quarantine and isolation authority in New Haven
The state of Connecticut is enacting the quarantine and isolation protocols in New Haven that were authorized under an order last week, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today.
Late last night, a Yale University graduate student was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms.
Tests are now being conducted on the student, who recently returned from doing research on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, one of the West African countries where the Ebola epidemic is centered. Test results should be known within 24 hours, and perhaps even sooner.
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The quarantine and isolation protocols have been invoked by state Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen, who coordinates the state’s response to public health emergencies.
Unified Command Team established
Malloy also is convening a Unified Command Team, to be chaired by Dr. Mullen, to oversee the state’s ongoing emergency management efforts. The team will be responsible for the coordination of resources and personnel and provide a single point of contact for communication with the public.
“We have been taking this situation very seriously for weeks,” Malloy said. “Over that period of time, we have been working with health officials to prepare for a potential case here in Connecticut, and I am today formalizing that effort with the establishment of a Unified Command Team.
“While we don’t yet know if there is a confirmed case of Ebola in our state,,” he continued, “the report that a Yale student has exhibited symptoms demonstrates why pre-emptive action is the right approach.”