Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Ebola Dog of Dallas

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel belonging to Nina Pham, the U.S. nurse now infected with Ebola (she says she is doing OK), will be quarantined for 21 days, according to the Dallas Office of Emergency Management.  The dog, named Bentley, will be checked daily.  

Not much is known about Ebola in domestic animals, and it may be that dogs, cats and other common household critters are immune. It's also possible that they might be carriers but are themselves immune, as fruit bats are.  I will bet the former rather than the latter, but we shall see.

The latest news is that a second nurse at the same hospital has come down with Ebola.  And guess what?  After she was sick, she flew on an airplane with 132 passengers from all over!

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