After the City of Dallas Animal Services transitioned Bentley, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse, Nina Pham’s dog, into a special kennel Monday for specimen collection of samples of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to be tested for the Ebola virus, the results returned as Ebola negative.
The dog continues to be under the 21-day quarantine period, just like a human.
On Saturday October 11, 2014 the City of Dallas Animal Services began what was quickly to become one of the most publicized animal rescues in the world. Dallas nurse Nina Pham was confirmed to have Ebola after caring for Thomas Duncan, the country’s first diagnosed Ebola patient. After her care and recovery, the next most important thing to Nina and her family was the safety and health of her beloved companion, Bentley.
“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,” said Dr. Cate McManus with Dallas Animal Services.
Bentley’s owner, 26-year-old nurse, Nina Pham, was transferred to the National Institutes of Health for her Ebola treatment. Yesterday, the NIH upgraded Pham’s condition from “fair” to “good”.