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Sources: Yale research student tested negative for Ebola

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The test results for the Yale research student admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms late Wednesday night came back negative, officials said.

Up until getting the symptoms, the patient was in his New Haven apartment monitoring himself with the help of a doctor since returning from Libera over the weekend.

Eyewitness News has learned that the patient, who was one of the Yale University student researchers who returned from Liberia over the weekend after helping with the Ebola outbreak in the country last month. Hospital officials said the patient did come into contact with someone who was eventually diagnosed with Ebola in Africa.

A specimen was taken from the patient and transported to a Lab in Massachusetts on Thursday morning. The results from that test came back negative, hospital officials said, however they are continuing to take precautions.

“Due to an overabundance of caution, before we fully rule it out, we will wait for the CDC official confirmation of the test result. In the meantime we will continue to monitor the patient using all appropriate protocols and precautions in order to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and community,” Yale-New Haven Hospital said in a statement on Thursday evening.

Eyewitnesses sent in video of emergency officials in protective gear as the patient was arrived by ambulance.

New Haven emergency officials said they helped transport the patient Wednesday night.

"We then went and retrieved the patient from his home and brought him to hospital and went through all the decontaminating process,” News Haven Emergency Director Rick Fontana.

Fontana said the city emergency officials were ready to handle this incident.

"All of our workers were in fully protected at the level the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) requires and recommends and we actually went one step above that,” Fontana said. The man was treated while in isolation in a special room where the air cannot circulate into the rest of the hospital.

"A negative pressure room is something we use commonly for infections like TB, measles, chicken pox, we have a lot of these rooms in our institution,” Dr. Thomas J. Balcezak said.

The hospital said the room is designed so the air inside doesn't mix with the air in the rest of the hospital.

"It essentially keeps all that air in the room and away from anywhere else,” Balcezak said.

In addition to the two doctors, two nurses are working with the patient. One is doing the treatment with protective gear. The other nurse helps make sure the treating nurse is fully protected

"We have two attending physicians that are caring for this patient around the clock these individuals are critical care trained,” Louise Dembry, who is the Associate Director of Hospital Epidemiology.

The students made the decision to stay away from people anyway.

“our understanding is they did have contact with one person who eventually developed Ebola but he didn't have it and wasn't symptomatic when they had contact,” Director of Yale School Medicine Robert Alpern said at Thursday's press conference.

City health officials say the researcher's apartment is now vacant and locked while the hospital awaits test results. Yale-New Haven Hospital officials said it's also making sure the patient's belongings do not come into contact with others.

Yale officials said the students are knowledgeable about public health and they carefully followed recommended travel and hygiene precautions during their stay.

Some students at Yale University told Eyewitness News they think more can be done to inform others about the disease.

“I feel that I'm well informed about what I should be doing. I think that the country as a whole is taking an honest look right now about whether or not we are doing enough as a country to make sure everyone understands the proper precaution," student Melissa Woolls said.

Eyewitness News tried getting information about that second student who has returned, but Yale officials wouldn't release any more information.

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