News 8 Medical Reporter on Ebola scare

Jocelyn Maminta

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The latest from News 8 Medical Reporter Jocelyn Maminta on developing potential Ebola case at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

I received a text from a credible source this morning, alerting me that one of the Yale doctoral students who recently returned from Liberia, had been in the Emergency Department since 7 p.m. Wednesday. The patient was then moved to a room in the hospital.

Shortly after we broke the story, the hospital released a statement that a patient was admitted for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms, and that they have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this time.

Again, there is no need to panic, though I’m sure many people are anxious about what has transpired since the first Ebola death in the U.S. The disease can only be contracted through contact with bodily fluids, such as sweat, tears, vomit and diarrhea.

Based on a story I did last Friday, Yale-New Haven Hospital says it is ready to deal with a crisis such as this. They have protective gear and have instituted procedures far beyond what the CDC requires. They say they’ve been in daily contact with the other hospitals, learning from their mistakes.

We hope to hear more later today, a news conference could be held as early as 12:30 p.m.

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