Madrid to kill dog of nursing aide who got Ebola

Oct 7, 2014 1:30 PM by News Staff

MADRID (AP) - Madrid's regional government says it's going to kill the pet dog of a Spanish woman who became infected with Ebola.

Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that available scientific knowledge indicates there's a risk the dog could transmit the deadly virus to humans.

The Spanish nursing assistant became the first case of Ebola being transmitted outside of West Africa after she cared for a Spanish priest in Madrid who died of Ebola last month. She and her husband are now in quarantine.

The government said the dog, named Excalibur, would be euthanized in a way to avoid suffering and using bio-security measures that it did not specify. Its body will later be incinerated.

The government had to get a court order for the euthanization over the family's objections.


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