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Save Excalibur! Pet Lovers Unite to Protect Ebola Patient's Dog

10/8/2014

NBC News

Dozens of animal lovers protested outside the house of a Spanish nurse's aide infected with Ebola on Wednesday after authorities announced they would euthanize her dog to prevent the spread of the virus. The plight of Excalibur drew worldwide attention, with almost one-third of a million people signing a petition to save the mixed-breed pooch. Twitter was flooded with pictures of pets with the hashtag #SalvemosaExcalibur, Spanish for “Let’s Save Excalibur.”

Teresa Romero Ramos, 44, on Monday became the first person infected outside of West Africa after caring for a Spanish priest who died of Ebola last month. She is now in isolation, as is her husband, Javier Limon. Officials in Madrid secured a court order Tuesday to put down the dog. While at least one major study suggests dogs can be infected with Ebola without having symptoms, whether or how likely they are to spread the virus to humans is less clear.

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