Bentley, the cute dog of the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, Texas, is not infected with the virus. He’ll live guys, he’ll live. However, Nina Pham, his owner, is still in quarantine while the family of Amber Vinson, the second nurse who contracted the disease in Texas, say she’s cured.
According to USA Today, unlike the dog of the Spanish nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola, Bentley will not be put down by Dallas authorities. Instead, he will be monitored until Nov. 1, 21 days after Pham was initially diagnosed.
"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 peoples lives," Cate McManus, Dallas Animal Services operation manager, said in a statement.
Pham, whose status was upgraded from fair to good recently, is being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Vinson, who was flown to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, is also in treatment. Her mother, Debra Berry, released a statement saying that her daughter is on the mend after doctors were unable to find Ebola in Vinson’s blood.
"We all know that further treatment will be necessary as Amber continues to regain strength, but these latest developments have truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to reuniting with her at home," Vinson's mother, Debra Berry said in a statement.
164 people in Ohio who may’ve come in contact with Vinson during her wedding planning trip to Akron are now being monitored signs of Ebola 21-day incubation period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced recently that any person arriving into the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must also undergo a three-week monitoring period.
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