Ebola concerns at Yale-New Haven Hospital

In an announcement on its newsroom webpage, Yale-New Haven Hospital posted that the hospital “admitted a patient late Wednesday night for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms. We have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this point. We are working in cooperation with City, State and Federal health officials. There is no further information available at this time.”

The hospital also issued a statement about Ebola on its newsroom page.

Has Yale-New Haven Hospital had an Ebola patient?
Late Wednesday evening, Oct. 15, Yale-New Haven Hospital admitted a patient who met the threshold
to be monitored for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The hospital is working with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health to have the patient
tested for EVD. The hospital is currently overseeing operations related to the monitoring and care of
the patient.
How has Yale-New Haven Hospital been preparing for the Ebola virus?
The hospital has been actively monitoring the Ebola virus situation and has procedures in place to
detect and isolate any patient showing symptoms of the disease. Yale-New Haven has advanced
equipment and facilities and a staff well trained to treat any patient with Ebola, and holds regular
drills to address situations such as infectious disease outbreaks.
Should I stay away from the hospital or my doctor’s office to avoid getting Ebola?
Very few people are at risk of contracting Ebola. It is transmitted only by direct contact with the blood
or body fluids of an infected patient showing active symptoms (fever over 101.5°F, severe headache,
muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, unexplained bleeding or bruising). Patients,
families and visitors should continue to come to the hospital and their doctors’ offices for care without
fear of being exposed to Ebola virus.
How can Yale-New Haven Hospital protect patients, visitors and staff from Ebola?
Yale-New Haven Hospital employs protection measures even greater than those recommended by
the CDC. If a patient with Ebola symptoms comes to the hospital, he or she will be isolated from
other patients and cared for in a special isolation room. Staff caring for patients with infectious
diseases like Ebola wear protective gear, such as masks, face shields, gloves, protective gowns
or suits and other equipment.
Where can I get more information about Ebola?
If you have questions about Ebola, talk with your doctor. More information on Ebola is available
from the CDC: www.cdc.gov

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