Nina contracted the disease last month from a Liberian man who was undergoing treatment. The man, Thomas Eric Duncan, died on October 8. After Nina was confirmed to have contracted the disease, Bentley, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was kept in quarantine for well over 21 days since Pham was in close contact with the dog during her off-duty hours.
Nina Pham was declared Ebola free a little over a week ago (October 24), and was subsequently released. Bentley, however, remained in quarantine for over three weeks after which repeated tests were carried out on him to ensure he was Ebola free. Bentley was kept at an abandoned navy base since October 11.
The Inquisitr had earlier reported that Bentley received his third negative Ebola test and was declared Ebola free. The dog was finally released earlier today, much to the relief of Nina who hadn’t seen her dog for nearly a month.
A relieved Nina Phan read out a statement at a News Conference, in which she said, “I’d like to take a moment to thank people from all around the world who have sent their best wishes and prayers to me and Mr. Bentley.”
Earlier, the Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center had posted images of Bentley getting a scrubbing and a bath before he was handed over to Nina. The staff members who cared for him for over three weeks said that they would miss the dog. Nina Pham also thanked the people who took care of Bentley in her absence
“Bentley re-entering my life is another reminder of hope and encouragement for me moving forward and living my life to its fullest with my best friend at my side again. Bentley says thank you too,” she said.
The safe handover of Bentley to his owner comes as a relief to many animal activists who were worried if he would meet the same fate as a dog in Spain who was euthanized simply because it was owned by a nursing assistant who had contracted Ebola.
At the news conference Dallas city mayor Mike Rawlings quipped, “Bentley is alive and well in the city of Dallas, There were a lot of human beings that spent a lot of time making sure this dog was safe.”
He was also in praise of the Dallas city staff as well as Texas A&M University veterinarians who took care of Bentley while in quarantine.
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