Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola on American soil, is preparing for an exciting reunion. Pham was declared Ebola free and released from the hospital a week ago. Now she will be reunited with her dog, who has also been in isolation while being tested for Ebola.
Nina Pham’s dog Bentley, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has been in isolation at an abandoned navy base since October 11. The dog is set to be released to Pham on November 1, when his 21 days of isolation are complete. Twenty-one days is the incubation period for Ebola.
CNN reports that Bentley received his third negative ebola test, and has been cleared to be released. Dallas city spokeswoman Sana Syed told CNN that everyone is ready to see Pham and Bentley reunited.
All three samples came back negative today. We’re planning the big reunion for Saturday — Nina is ready!
Bentley has become a favorite of workers who have been looking after him. Dallas Animal Services director Dr. Cate McManus described what a lovable creature Pham’s dog is.
He’s such a joy, you can’t help but love this little guy. I can’t wait to see him on talk shows when he’s all healthy and out of here.
CNN describes how Bentley captured hearts when news coverage of Pham featured a picture of him nuzzling her. Pham was released from from her quarantine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 24. Pham has said that she does not want to visit Bentley before his quarantine is up, because she doesn’t want him to become upset if he sees her but she then leaves him behind.
Nina Pham’s dog raises questions about ebola and pets.
The case of Nina Pham’s dog, Bentley, raises two questions about Ebola and pets.
- Can pets contract Ebola?
- If a pet gets Ebola, can it transfer the virus to humans?
Veterinarian Dr. Matthew Kearns addressed those questions in a Times Beacon Record commentary. According to Dr. Kearns, there is no evidence that suggests that dogs and cats can catch Ebola. Currently, scientists say that Ebola only affects bats, humans, and non-human primates (apes and monkeys). Dr. Kearns also says that there is no evidence that cats or dogs can harbor the Ebola virus and transfer it to humans. So Nina Pham’s dog was most likely never in danger. Bentley was quarantined to err on the side of caution.
As previously reported in the Inquisitr, the number of Ebola patients on American soil is rapidly shrinking. Nina Pham’s reunion with Bentley brings about an end to her saga as an Ebola patient, and will hopefully further allay fears about the epidemic that wasn’t.