Nurse who survived Ebola gets her dog back Bentley, the King Charles Spaniel who was quarantined after his owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola (AP photos)
Nurse who survived Ebola gets her dog back
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A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola will soon be reunited with her dog, which has been sequestered since his owner became ill.

The King Charles Cavalier spaniel named Bentley is in quarantine at an abandoned Navy base in Dallas.

His owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola earlier this month and had contracted the virus while caring for a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8. Ebola is a disease that began in west Africa. It can be deadly though many who get sick will live after they get proper treatment.

City spokeswoman Sana Syed said that the dog has tested negative for Ebola and that his 21-day quarantine the Ebola incubation period ends Saturday.

Pham was released from her own quarantine Oct. 24.

Syed says Pham won't visit the dog sooner because he may become anxious if he sees her but is then left behind in isolation.

Critical thinking challenge: Why did Nina Pham care for a man with such a dangerous disease?

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COMMENTS (21)
  • CTiffani-Cas
    11/03/2014 - 08:00 p.m.

    Nina Pham cared for a man with such a dangerous disease because it is her job. She is a nurse, and she contracted the virus while caring for a Liberian man.

  • Annalissele-Fre
    11/04/2014 - 12:54 p.m.

    This is such a sweet story. Anyways, Nina Pham cared for a man with such a dangerous disease because it is her job. It wasn't like she could choose what patient she wanted to care for. As a nurse, you have to try and save people's lives no matter how sick they are.

  • Savannahwi-Fre
    11/04/2014 - 01:00 p.m.

    Based on what I read, this article is about how a woman got Ebola while treating a man that had it. l think it was good that the nurse was trying to teat a man who had it, but did she have any protection on? Most doctors and nurses usually had suits on to protect them from the Ebola virus that could get on them. l think that the nurse was trying to care for the man so the virus would spread around and kill everyone. I wounder if she took any medicine or if she just fought the virus herself. Anyway, I think it's a miracle how the woman lived and got to see her dog again.

  • Darrionepo-Fre
    11/04/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    According to the article I think she cared for that Liberian man with Ebola because she's a nurse. It's her job. If it was me I wouldn't even take the chance with Ebola

  • MikaylaStazewski-Ste
    11/04/2014 - 01:15 p.m.

    The title is so random, I could not not click on it. It is a good thing that people are recovering from Ebola and I guess it's a great thing to get your dog back too

  • SH2000Lovie
    11/05/2014 - 08:48 a.m.

    Nina Pham cared for a man with such a dangerous disease because the dogs owner had died from the disease, and she got really close with dog so she took the dog in as her own.

  • Alyssaes-Hum
    11/05/2014 - 01:42 p.m.

    Pham was released from her own quaratine Oct. 24.

    Syed say Pham won't visit the dog sooner because he may become anxious if he sees her, but is then left behind in isolation.

  • Alyssaes-Hum
    11/05/2014 - 01:46 p.m.

    Pham was released from her own quaratine Oct. 24.

    Syed say Pham won't visit the dog sooner because he may become anxious if he sees her, but is then left behind in isolation.

  • Hallie_halpal
    11/05/2014 - 10:15 p.m.

    I never really thought about this. About having to take your animals away if you had ever gotten Ebloa. I guess it never occurred to me that our pets could also get this deadly disease. Its good that she lived and now gets to see her beloved Bentley again soon.

  • shannons-Koc
    11/06/2014 - 10:50 p.m.

    Nina not only did her job helping and caring for Thomas, but she served a purpose that more Americans should relate too. When someone is in danger or sick they rely on the strength of other people in order to get back on their feet. Just because Thomas didn't survive doesn't mean Nina didn't help. She contributed to his life that probably kept him alive as ling as he did. It is people like Nina that gives me hope in mankinds contribution to society.

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