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Nina Pham’s dog to be Tested for Ebola

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.

Dallas Animal Services posted the above pictures of Bentley on Facebook on Sunday.

After a Spanish nurse was diagnosed with Ebola, authorities decided to euthanize her pet dog, Excalibur. But Dallas officials have pledged to do everything they can to avoid that fate for Pham’s pet.

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“We are hopeful that Bentley’s journey will contribute to what we know about Ebola and dogs, since they play such an important role in so many people’s lives,” said Dallas Animal Services operation manager Dr. Cate McManus in a written statement.

Pham’s dog will remain in quarantine for a 21-day period as she recovers at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Dallas Animal Services said she is getting regular updates about Bentley’s progress.

Contributing: Rebecca Lopez, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth

 

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