Ebola Concerns Prompt Yale Students To Isolate Themselves

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UPDATE: The students have finished their work and returned home safely, according to Paul Cleary, the dean of the school of public health at Yale. It was determined that the students were not expected to and never did come into contact with infected people or doctors who worked with those who have Ebola. Therefore, the students won’t be quarantined for 21 days.

Twenty-one days. That's how long two Yale researchers will isolate themselves after returning to the U.S. from Liberia.

They have agreed to do so after visiting the West African country stricken with Ebola.

The pair did not come into contact with anyone who had Ebola nor are they exhibiting any symptoms.

The two left last month to help set up a computer system for the Liberian Ministry of Health to help monitor the disease.

The Hartford Courant reports the dean of the Yale School of Public Health sent out an email Thursday informing all faculty, students and staff.

The researchers names have not been released.

The two have been in contact with medical personnel.

As the infectious and often times deadly virus spreads, Governor Malloy has assured people that Connecticut Hospitals are prepared to handle a potential Ebola-infected patient.

Gov. Malloy said for the past several months staff from the Department of Public Health has been receiving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At UConn Health the hospital is taking all precautions necessary when patients arrive saying they are fully prepared to isolate and treat a patient should that person be infected.

The Department of Public Health has also asked all Connecticut Hospitals complete a detailed check-list of Ebola preparedness and return it to the department later this month.

As of Oct. 6 the two Yale researchers who were supposed to return to the U.S. last week were still in Liberia. School officials released the following statement:

Two public health Ph.D. students who are advising the Liberian Ministry of Health on computer systems to monitor the Ebola outbreak in West Africa remain in Liberia. Their specific return date has not been determined. Yale officials are in regular contact with them, but the students are not granting interviews at this time. Yale will provide updates  as available. We want to reiterate that the students will continue to follow all CDC travel guidelines to assure their safety and that of their colleagues at Yale and of the public

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