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Bentley, Dallas Nurse’s Dog, Tests Negative For Ebola

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After Dallas healthcare worker Nina Pham was diagnosed as the first person in the United States to contract ebola earlier this month, officials were concerned that her dog, Bentley, might also have become infected with the deadly virus. Since then, the pet has been closely monitored under quarantine, but his isolation is one step closer to an end.

In a welcome announcement on Wednesday, city officials said that tests indicate the Cavalier King Charles spaniel is ebola-free.

"The test results show that Bentley has tested negative for the virus," reads a statement from City Hall. "Specimen collection will be conducted again before the end of the 21-day quarantine period. Bentley will be monitored for a full 21-day period, similar to people exposed to the Ebola virus."

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Bentley is currently being cared for by veterinarians from Dallas Animal Services on a decommissioned naval base. The dog is said to be "settling into his new accommodations amazingly well," receiving no shortage of attention or playtime from his caregivers.

Last week, Pham was transferred from Dallas to a hospital in Maryland where she is reportedly in "good condition."