Ebola Response Cost City of Dallas $155K

December 5, 2014

Officials say the emergency response to the Ebola crisis in Dallas cost the city about $155,000, including nearly $27,000 to care for the dog of a nurse infected with the virus.

City officials released a statement Wednesday outlining the expenses incurred since Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in September. Duncan died about a week later and two nurses who treated him became infected. Both recovered.

Officials say the cost to care for the dog belonging to Nina Pham, one of the nurses, will be offset by $19,000 in grants and donations.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much the outbreak cost the state and Dallas County. Texas Health has said only that it lost about $8.1 million in revenue in the first few weeks of October.

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