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Monday, October 27, 2014

Reunion Between Ebola Survivor and Her Dog is Put on Hold: Bentley Must Remain in Quarantine Until November 1

Tail wags and puppy-dog kisses will have to wait for Ebola survivor Nina Pham and her quarantined dog, Bentley, reported Saturday's Dallas Morning News.

Bentley, Pham's one-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, must remain in quarantine until November 1 - his care providers worry that A visit from Pham might "overexcite" Bentley and disrupt his routine. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who has been overseeing the Ebola response in the area, stated:

"I’m lobbying for her and the dog, but we have to do what the doctors and scientists think is best,”

Bentley has shown no signs of the Ebola virus and initial testing has revealed that the virus is not in his body. Additional testing, during the allotted 21-day quarantine period, will be conducted to ensure that the dog is completely free from Ebola.

Blood work on the 26-year-old Dallas, Texas, nurse confirmed that she beat Ebola; 44-year-old Teresa Romero Ramos, the nurse in Madrid, Spain, who contracted Ebola in early October, also beat the deadly virus, though she was not able to reunite with her elderly dog, who was put down by government officials who feared that the dog might be able to pass the virus on to others.

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