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Ebola And Your Pets

Sit! Roll over! But don’t play dead!  Cursory online research reveals that technically animals can spread the Ebola virus. There are now infamous examples of bats and monkeys spreading the virus.


Bentley in quarantine/Image: twitter/DallasAnimalShelter

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there has yet to be a single documented “case of Ebola spreading to people from dogs.” Just last week, however, in Madrid, Spain, officials procured a court order to euthanize nurse assistant and Ebola sufferer Teresa Romero Ramos’ pet dog Excalibur.

Despite the objections of local protesters, Excalibur was put down last week. More recently, the world learned of Texas nurse Nina Pham, who has also tested positive for the Ebola virus.

Pham is also a dog owner. She owns a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bentley. Bentley was moved Monday to the previous residence of the executive officer at the decommissioned Hensley Field, which is presently owned by the city of Dallas. According to ABC News he is currently under the care of Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center.

Bentley’s backers hope no one in the US feels the need to put him down. Author of Speaking for Spot, Dr. Nancy Kay, may very well have spoken for all pet owners when she stated: “Panic should not prevail and research to understand more about the Ebola virus in pets should become a priority.”


Pham and Bentley/Image: Facebook

Hope springs eternal for pet owners due in part to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC representatives told the press: “At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola. There is limited evidence that dogs become infected with Ebola virus, but there is no evidence that they develop disease.”

They concluded: “The risk of an Ebola outbreak affecting multiple people in the United States is very low. Therefore, the risk to pets is also very low, as they would have to come into contact with blood and body fluids of a person with Ebola.”

Ebola And Your Pets

About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.