Yale students, New Haven residents react to Ebola scare

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – It was just days ago officials with Yale University had said they would no longer require two students to remain in a voluntary sequester after returning home from a trip to the Ebola-ravaged nation of Liberia.

But now the situation has changed, one of those students was hospitalized at Yale-New Haven Hospital for having Ebola like symptoms, however preliminary tests on that patient came back negative. As for the other student, they have not shown any signs of having possibly contracted the virus.

In a letter addressed to the Yale Community earlier today, the president of the University explains the students “will be quarantined for 21 days from their return, as required by the State of Connecticut.”

It’s a move students on campus say they support.

“If they’re kept in their own space that should be safe enough for the rest of us,” said Yale student, Amanda Mei.

As do those we met, like Melissa Alexander, whose daughter is being treated at the same hospital as the student once thought to be infected.

“They were going by all the rooms and bringing in a news letter just letting people know that they’re safe and that the patient is in an isolated area,” said Alexander.

There are already efforts underway to inform those on campus about the illness. Thursday afternoon a forum was held with Ebola experts, who discussed in part what could be done to combat the virus.

“One thing that I really did appreciate about the meeting today was it brought the focus to the people in West Africa,” said Yale student, Kristen McClean.

Officials with Governor’s office tell News 8 those quarantined will be allowed to stay at their place of residence and will be monitored by healthcare professionals.

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