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Dallas nurse who survived Ebola reunited with beloved dog

This Oct. 22, 2014, photo provided via Twitter by the City of Dallas and Dallas Animal Services shows Bentley, the King Charles Spaniel who was quarantined after his owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola, in Dallas. The first Ebola test for Bentley has come back negative. The city of Dallas said that the one-year-old will be tested again before his 21-day quarantine period ends Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/City of Dallas and Dallas Animal Services)

This Oct. 22, 2014, photo provided via Twitter by the City of Dallas and Dallas Animal Services shows Bentley, the King Charles Spaniel who was quarantined after his owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola, in Dallas. The first Ebola test for Bentley has come back negative. The city of Dallas said that the one-year-old will be tested again before his 21-day quarantine period ends Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/City of Dallas and Dallas Animal Services)

A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola has been reunited with her dog named Bentley, who has been quarantined since she fell ill.

Nina Pham and the King Charles Spaniel were reunited privately on Saturday in a vacant residence where officers once lived at decommissioned naval air base, where he was quarantined for 21 days. Veterinarians in full personal protective gear checked on him daily.

"I'd like to take a moment to thank people from all around the world who have sent their best wishes and prayers to me and Mr. Bentley," said Pham, who read part of a statement at a news conference Saturday and called the dog "one of my best friends."

Pham was diagnosed with Ebola last month. She contracted the virus while caring for a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8.

Pham recovered and was released Oct. 24 from a Washington, D.C.-area hospital.

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