Yay! Nurse’s Dog Tests Negative for Ebola

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DALLAS — Bentley is Ebola free! He’s the dog that belongs to Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, who’s being treated for the deadly virus at a Maryland hospital.

In a release Wednesday, the City of Dallas said, “The test results show that Bentley has tested negative for the virus. Specimen collection will be conducted again before the end of the 21-day quarantine period. Bentley will be monitored for a full 21-day period, similar to people exposed to the Ebola virus.”

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is in isolation at a Hensley Field Facility in Grand Prairie.

Dallas Animal Services and Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have been caring for Bentley during this time.

“He’s just a little love bug and loves everybody even if they’re in little space suits,” Dr. Catherine McManus with Dallas Animal Service said. “I  told Nina that the biggest thing when we reunite them to have to worry about is that he gained some extra weight.”

Pham is recovering at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Doctors say her condition has been upgraded to good.

The 26-year-old  was transported to Maryland last Thursday from Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas where she contracted the virus after treating Thomas Duncan — the first Ebola case reported in the U.S.