NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–The patient showing Ebola symptoms at Yale-New Haven Hospital has tested negative for the virus, News 8 learned this afternoon.
The patient is remaining in isolation. He was one of two researchers conducting database research in west African countries, including Liberia, which is battling a major Ebola outbreak. In that country, the disease has claimed the lives of more than 4,500 people, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Multiple sources told News 8 that the test came back negative, though they are not certain how the result, which was supposed to take 24 hours, came back so quickly.
The chief medical officer at Yale-New Haven Hospital released the following statement:
“Due to an over-abundance of caution, before we fully rule it out, we will wait for the CDC official confirmation of the test result. The hospital will continue to monitor the patient in order to ensure the safety of the staff and the community.”
The statement went on to read:
“Test results received today from the Massachusetts State Public Health laboratory were negative for Ebola. This is good news for the patient at Yale New Haven Hospital. Confirmation tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are expected as early as tomorrow.”
The student, who was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital early Wednesday morning, had been in Liberia until Saturday, according to Laurence Grotheer, a spokesperson for the City of New Haven.
The Ebola like symptoms noticed in the patient were serious enough to have medical teams at Yale-New Haven Hospital cautiously scrambling to get the patient in isolation and tested.
“We were able to move the patient to our inpatient service where they where placed in a high level precaution area,” Balcezak told News 8.
Hospital officials say the patient was transported with staff wearing Level 3 bio-hazard suits. They say the person has two nurses, but they limited the number people caring for the patient in order to keep the number people in close contact with that person to a minimum.
Yale officials say at 11 a.m., they transported a specimen from the Ebola symptomatic patient to a facility in Massachusetts for testing to see if he/or she has the Virus.