The case of the dog of a Spanish nurse with Ebola being euthanized raised many questions regarding how pets that have been exposed to Ebola patients should be treated. When a nurse in Texas was hospitalized with Ebola, officials in the U.S. chose to quarantine the dog for 21 days. The differences in treatment between countries has raised confusion; but on November 4, new guidelines were issued to help clarify the issue.
The official statement from the CDC is as follows “Animals that were exposed to symptomatic Ebola patients may need to be confined for 21 days following the last date of exposure. Animals that are in the household of an asymptomatic person who had contact with a symptomatic person are not considered to have any Ebola exposure.”
It is also recommended that suspect Ebola animals should not be taken in at a veterinary clinic. Veterinary clinics are under instruction to deny admittance to these animals except in cases of urgent veterinary emergency. Owners of animals with suspected exposure to an Ebola patient are instructed to contact their state or local health department (in NH: 603-271-5300).
These constitute current recommendations, and are subject to change as additional information becomes available. For more detailed information, please reference the CDC’s website.