CDC confirms Yale student does not have Ebola virus

Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the Yale graduate student hospitalized with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the virus, according to a Yale-New Haven Hospital official.

The student, who returned from Liberia last Saturday, was admitted to Yale-New Haven Wednesday night after developing a fever. Preliminary testing Thursday found that the student did not have Ebola, and testing by the CDC confirmed it.

Hospitals are continuing to work on training and preparations to ensure that staff can recognize signs of the virus in a patient and provide care while protecting employees. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday directed all state hospitals to conduct a drill in the next week, and the Connecticut Hospital Association said the hospitals are reviewing and testing response plans and conducting drills.

Dr. Rocco Orlando, chief medical officer for Hartford HealthCare, said many people have been calling with questions, particularly those with concerns about air travel, and said people in the community should know that while Ebola is a bad virus, it’s hard to get.

“It’s right to be concerned, but there’s a little too much concern right now,” he said.

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