DALLAS — When a Dallas nurse was diagnosed with Ebola after contracting it from a patient in her care, her dog was placed in quarantine.
Now Nina Pham’s King Charles spaniel named Bentley will be tested for any sign of the Ebola virus.
“At this time, this specimen collection process is only expected to happen three times within the remainder of the quarantine period,” Dallas Animal Services said in a statement released Sunday. “This is the least invasive and safest way to conduct the testing process for Bentley.”
Bentley was seized from Pham’s apartment on Oct. 11 and is being quarantined at the Hensley Field Services Center, reports USA Today.
During the quarantine, Bentley must be restricted from any close contact with other animals or people, officials said last week. Workers are wearing hazmat suits when they care for him.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been no reports of dogs or cats falling ill with Ebola, nor is there any evidence that pets can spread the virus to other people or pets.