A graduate student in Yale University’s public health program has been admitted to a New Haven, Conn., hospital with Ebola-like symptoms, according to the Hartford Courant. A letter released by school officials and sent to Yale community members stated, "There is no indication at this time that the student has contracted the Ebola virus."
The patient is one of two students who returned home Oct. 11 after spending time in Liberia to research the Ebola outbreak.
Upon returning, the two students planned to sequester themselves for 21 days. However, a team of medical professionals and administrators at Yale deemed sequestration unnecessary, the Hartford Courant reports. The decision not to sequester the students was made in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Yale Medical School Dean Robert Alpern told the press.
Yale-New Haven Hospital released the following statement:
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.
The two students reported that they were not in contact with anyone who either had the illness or was a caregiver for an Ebola patient while in Liberia, the Courant reports. Connecticut state officials plan to have the results of a preliminary test by 4 p.m. Thursday. If the results from the preliminary test are positive, a second test will be administered. If it confirms the results of the first test, this would be the fourth known case in the United States, the Courant reports.
Read more at the Hartford Courant.