The health care worker who tested positive for Ebola has a dog, but the mayor of Dallas says unlike in a recent Spanish case, the dog will be kept safe for eventual reunion with its owner.
Mayor Mike Rawlings told USA TODAY that the dog remained in the health care worker’s apartment when she was hospitalized and will soon be sent to a new location to await its owner’s recovery.
There are no plans to euthanize the dog, he said.
“This was a new twist,” Rawlings said. “The dog’s very important to the patient and we want it to be safe.”
There were no immediate details on the name or type of dog.
Brad Smith, of CG Environmental, will lead the effort to decontaminate the patient’s East Dallas apartment. He said he has been alerted that the patient’s dog is still inside and will work with members of the local SPCA branch and Dallas animal control officials to remove it from the apartment.
“We’ll assist with that,” Smith said. “We have the (personal protection equipment) that needs to be worn.”