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The association between Ebola and dogs has been all over the news lately. After potentially being exposed by their infected owners, a Spanish dog, Excalibur, was euthanized, while a Texas dog, Bentley, is being held in isolation at an undisclosed location. The disparate handling of these two cases raises the question -- what risk do dogs really pose when it comes to the transmission of the Ebola virus? Credit: Getty Creative We do know that Ebola has the ability to infect certain types of animals in addition to humans. Antibodies to the virus are widespread in African fruit bats. Many scientists think that fruit bats may be the natural hosts for Ebola since they do not appear to become...

A recent segment of the Today show focused on the growing trend of walk-in health care clinics for people. These are the ubiquitous "Minute Clinics" found amidst local pharmacies or the 24-hour "No appointment necessary" offices where people can, at the initial fleeting sign of a sniffle, ache, or strange skin rash, show up and request immediate care for their ailment. Credit: Shutterstock The report indicated that more and more people are pursuing the option of convenient care because of a perception that their primary care doctors are inaccessible during evenings, weekends, or holidays. However, with a bit more probing, evidence revealed the issue wasn't that people couldn't get in to...

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PARIS - Following the uproar over the killing of an Ebola patient's dog in Spain, experts said on Thursday there was a risk of canines carrying the deadly virus but none that they could infect humans. Excalibur, the dog of an Ebola patient. Credit: Getty Editorial A study published in 2005 pointed to a theoretical risk that dogs could pass the virus to humans through urine, faeces or saliva, but there is no evidence of this ever having happened, virologists said. They recommended caution given the lack of firm data. "The wise move is to... assume they (dogs) do represent a risk to humans," Andrew Easton, a professor at Britain's Warwick University, told AFP. Spanish authorities on...