Yale-New Haven Hospital treating quarantined patient with Ebola-like symptoms

Officials tell Eyewitness News that the patient was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

They confirmed that the patient was one of the Yale University student researchersthat helped monitor the Ebola outbreak in Liberia last month. That student had been tested in Liberia and had negative results.

University officials at the time said the two students voluntarily sequestered themselves and did not show any symptoms.

The hospital released a statement Thursday morning.

“Yale-New Haven Hospital admitted a patient late Wednesday night for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms,” the hospital said. “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.”

Officials said they’ll know more later in the day.

There’s no word on the patient’s condition or identity.

Mayor Toni Harp met with city officials Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at the city’s Emergency Operations Center. They planned to brief the media at a 12:30 p.m. news conference.

The state Department of Public Health said it was aware of the case.

“DPH has been in close communication with the hospital and the city, and is ensuring that all necessary protocols are in place to ensure the patient receives proper care and that hospital patients and the public are protected,” DPH officials said in a statement.

State police said they are also aware.

“We are not involved in this case, but we have our own emergency plan in place, working under the leadership of Gov. [Malloy],” said Lt. J. Paul Vance, Connecticut State Police. “We’ve made preparations at Bradley [Airport] and for troopers in the field, who may be responding to a possible case. We are certainly cautious and we believe CT is ready.”

If confirmed, the case would mark the third in the country. Two nurses in Dallas, TX contracted the virus after treating a man who had died from it.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.