Dallas Officials Say Ebola Response Cost City $155,000 | KERA News

Dallas Officials Say Ebola Response Cost City $155,000

Dec 3, 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.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services says it incurred about $1.28 million in costs.

On Thursday, Dallas County officials said the emergency response to Ebola cost the county nearly $384,000.

Philip Haigh, a policy adviser to county Judge Clay Jenkins, says of that total the state is being asked to reimburse the county about $258,000. He said in a statement Thursday that it wasn't immediately clear if the state has approved any reimbursement.

Texas Health has said that it lost about $8.1 million in revenue in the first few weeks of October.