Report: Conn. patient doesn’t have Ebola

The patient with “Ebola-like symptoms” does not have the deadly virus, according to test results, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday evening.

Citing a source within state government, the Courant reported on its website that preliminary test results on a patient who recently traveled to Liberia and was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital Wednesday night, Oct. 15, came back negative for Ebola.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said earlier that if this first was negative, there would be no need for the second test. But he did say the state was increasing its precautions.

The patient was in stable condition Thursday afternoon and is one of two Yale University doctoral students who returned home last week after spending a month in Liberia researching the Ebola outbreak, according to the Courant.

Hospital officials said the patient, who they would not identify, initially contacted a primary care physician after experiencing a fever. The physician and the hospital arranged for the patient to be transported to the hospital’s Emergency Department Wednesday evening.

The hospital announced Thursday morning that it was treating a patient for “Ebola-like symptoms,” leading to a lot of concern around the state on Thursday.

A HazMat team responded to the hospital late Wednesday night and the patient was placed in isolation, which is part of the hospital’s standard protocol.

Malloy said Thursday that the state was enacting the quarantine and isolation protocols that were authorized under the order he signed last week. He also said he was directing every hospital in the state to perform a drill within the next week to insure that their procedures are up to standard. Additionally, Mr. Malloy announced he is convening a Unified Command Team (UCT), led by Jewel Mullen, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health (DPH), to coordinate resources and personnel and serve as a source of communication with the public.

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