People concerned about the ebola quarantines of health workers returning from Africa might be interested in how quarantines issued during animal disease outbreaks have helped save lives.

In 2006, while I was the N.J. State Veterinarian, two seemingly healthy asymptomatic horses were transported to Monmouth Park, a racetrack in New Jersey, from Canada.

No one

As expected, there is talk of legal action by nurse Kaci Hickox, who was quarantined in New Jersey after allegedly having a fever upon her homecoming to the U.S. during her screening upon entry at Newark airport.  Hickox claims she did not have a fever, and that her quarantine was “not scientifically or constitutionally just,”

Bentley, Nina Pham’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has not only been quarantined as a result of Pharm’s infection with the Ebola-virus, he has apparently also been tested for the virus.  Fortunately, he has tested negative to date.  More importantly, the testing appears to be targeted at identifying the virus in

Bentley, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owned Nina Pham, the nurse infected with the Ebola virus after caring for the recently deceased Thomas Eric Duncan, has been quarantined but there are no plans, thankfully, to euthanize him.  That is good news and in stark comparison to the draconian measures taken by officials in Spain, who

The impending court-ordered euthanasia of Excalibur-the dog owned by the Ebola infected nurse’s aide in Spain-is not only unnecessary from an animal and public health perspective, it is a dangerous precedent that could hamper efforts to identify and stop the spread of this devastating disease.

That said, dogs and other animals may become infected with