HOUSTON, Texas — The first person to contract Ebola in the U.S., a female nurse, is being treated at Dallas’ Texas Presbyterian Hospital but her dog remained in her apartment for over 24 hours following her diagnosis. It is possible that the pet has Ebola — CDC studies have found that dogs may carry and be a source of the deadly virus.
The Ebola patient is Nina Pham, a nurse who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan was a Liberian man who brought Ebola into the U.S. and then died as a result of the deadly virus.
Pham’s dog remained in her apartment until Monday afternoon, when officials moved the dog out of the building with a three-vehicle caravan. The driver of the van was wearing a respirator at the time.
A Dallas Public Information Officer told Breitbart Texas that the dog is now in the hands of the City of Dallas.
Despite the fact that the canine may be infected with the virus, it will reportedly not be put down. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told the Wall Street Journal, “This dog is an important part of the family to our health care worker. We want to make sure the dog is in a safe place.”
Written by KRISTIN TATE
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