Ebola Patient’s Dog Euthanized in Spain

A campaign to save Excalibur, a dog belonging to a Spanish Ebola patient, has gone viral.
A campaign to save Excalibur, a dog belonging to a Spanish Ebola patient, has gone viral.

Despite an international outcry, authorities in Madrid euthanized Excalibur, the dog belonging to a nurse infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The officials’ plans had been met with outrage online, where nearly 400,000 people from all over the world signed an online petition to save the 12-year-old rescue dog’s life. There was no evidence Excalibur had been infected with the virus. Thomas Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control in the U.S., said studies have shown that dogs can have an immune response to Ebola, meaning that they can become infected. But Skinner said there have been no reports of dogs or cats showing symptoms of the disease or transmitting it to other animals or humans. — Read it at The New York Times

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