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Spain explains reasons for euthanasia of Ebola nurse's dog

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THE euthanasia of a pet dog belonging to a Spanish health worker who contracted the Ebola virus was not an automatic procedure, the authorities in Madrid have stated. Rather, it was a health measure ‘carried out in the best available way and always aimed to protect public health’.

The Spanish authorities posted an explanation for the decision on the ProMED-Mail website on October 29, in response to a news item in Veterinary Record reporting a call by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association for dogs that had been exposed to the Ebola virus in countries that were not endemic for the disease to be quarantined and tested, rather than automatically euthanased (VR, October 18, 2014, vol 175, p 361). In their statement, they say that they would have liked to have …

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