Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who recovered from Ebola, reunites with her dog Bentley.
The City of Dallas released a list of its Ebola-related expenses incurred during the city's encounter with the deadly virus — and care for Bentley, the dog of now Ebola-free nurse Nina Pham, made up nearly a fifth of the overall costs.
City spokesperson Sana Syed said the total Ebola-related costs incurred was about $155,000, which went to patient care, security and clean up, among other things. But $26,884 of that total — nearly 17% — went toward the care of Bentley, Pham's beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. However, the city said $19,000 of that bill is being reimbursed by grants and donations.
Here's the breakdown of Bentley's expenses:
Supplies for Pet care - $1,068.96
Generator and labor for Pet care facility - $2,052.96
Facilities make ready and security at pet care facility - $17,057.46
Pet Care for Patient One - $259.78
Pet clean up - $6,445.00
Pet care/clean up - $938.00
Total Expenses - $26,884.16
Pham was reunited with Bentley earlier this month, weeks after the two were separated when Pham contracted Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die from the disease in the United States.
Dallas nurse Nina Pham was reunited with her dog #Bentley just moments ago. pic.twitter.com/7O7OQepvbE— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) November 1, 2014
Pham was sent to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland for treatment before being released on Oct. 24. Meanwhile, Bentley was kept at Hensley Field, a decommissioned naval air base, and monitored by Dallas Animal Services workers who pet and played with the dog while wearing protective suits.
The 1-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who built a sizable fan club while in captivity, tested negative for Ebola three times. Dallas Animal Services and the City of Dallas provided constant updates on Bentley's health throughout his 21-day quarantine. In response to the news, people from across the U.S. donated dog toys and other items to Dallas Animal Services.
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