Dallas Nurse’s Dog Is Being Tested for Ebola

Bentley, the dog belonging to Dallas nurse and Ebola patient Nina Pham, is currently being tested by animal services to see if somehow the virus spread to him.

The City of Dallas put out a statement yesterday saying that Bentley is being transferred to a “special kennel” where his urine and feces will be collected and tested. The incubation period is the same for animals as it is for humans, so Bentley will be monitored for 21 days.

The specimen collection began today. One of the doctors involved in the testing process said, “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 peoples lives.”

This is not the first dog to be scrutinized in the worldwide Ebola panic. The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola also had a dog, named Excalibur, and because of concerns he may have Ebola as well, Excalibur was euthanized.

[h/t NBC News]
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