DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – More news Friday about Bentley, the dog owned by North Texas nurse, and now Ebola patient at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Nina Pham. Two veterinarians from Texas A&M University’s Veterinarian Emergency Team have been mobilized to care for the dog.
Bentley has been under quarantine at the Hensley Field Services Center.
Dr. Wesley Bissett and Dr. Deb Zoran arrived in Dallas on Thursday.
According to Dr. Eleanor Green, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Bentley is in an area called the “metabolic cage” where urine and feces come down into the “cage.” All of the excrement is considered biomedical waste.
The waste is bagged and disposed of like human waste would be disposed of.
The doctors do not go into the area where Bentley is being housed and have no contact with the dog.
“He’s gotta suck it up for three weeks,” Dr. Green told CBS 11 News.
According to Green, so far there is no evidence that dogs can transmit the Ebola virus to humans, but she admits more research is needed. “We must take all precautions,” she said. “We’re in uncharted territory.”
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