A week has passed since the dog belonging to Dallas nurse Nina Pham was placed in the care of Dallas City Animal Services department on October 11 after his owner was hospitalized when she tested positive for the Ebola virus.
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Sana Syed, a spokeswoman for Dallas, reported officials from Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, along with state and federal health agencies, had to determine how to test Bentley.
Bentley is a test subject, the first dog tested for a situation that has never occurred before. It’s known canines can be infected, but often don’t exhibit symptoms of the virus. Since the risk of animal to human infection can’t be ruled out, experts had to agree upon a method to test Bentley.
This is a much better option than to kill a companion animal out of fear, as did the Spanish government did earlier this month when dealing with the dog of a Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola.