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Bentley, the dog owned by Ebola patient Nina Pham, is being tested for the virus this week, local officials said.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been isolated by Dallas Animal Services since Pham tested positive for the lethal, contagious disease. The first urine and feces specimens from Bentley were sent to a lab for testing on Monday.
“Our goal has been to provide the highest level of safety and care to both Bentley and our community,” said Dallas Animal Services manager Jody Jones.
Local officials expect to collect specimens for testing three times during the remainder of Bentley’s 21-day quarantine period. They said they are giving updates to Pham about her dog as the testing proceeds.
To collect the specimens, Bentley is moved periodically to a special kennel for the collection process.
Dallas Animal Serivces is also receiving help to care for Bentley from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“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 Dr. Cate McManus, who is caring for Bentley.
Bentley is staying at the Dallas Animal Services’ Hensley Field facility where he has bedding, toys and other items to entertain him while he is in isolation, the city said.
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This story was originally published October 20, 2014 7:22 PM.
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