B.C. doctor OK, not in quarantine after Ebola aid trip to Liberia (July 30, 2014)

Written by Toronto Sun

Published by Toronto Sun on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dr. Azaria Marthyman, pictured standing left, in a recent photo working in Liberia in the fight against Ebola.

Contrary to reports Tuesday, a Victoria, B.C., doctor didn't put himself under quarantine after returning from Liberia where he was helping Ebola patients.

Dr. Azaria Marthyman, 48, returned home July 26 from the West African country, where for much of July he was part of a team of volunteers with Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse.

"He planned to return to work on Monday morning, seeing patients. But over the weekend, because his time in Liberia had been really draining in terms of the heat, the workload, etc., he decided to call his office, ask them to cancel his appointments for the coming week, and stay home to relax with his family," Samaritan's Purse Canada spokesman Jeff Adams told QMI Agency in an e-mail.

"Azaria has continued to be healthy since then. He is showing no symptoms whatsoever," Adams said, adding, "If he was in an actual 'quarantine,' he certainly wouldn't have stayed home with his wife and children."

Two other personnel, both American, tested positive for the virus and were fighting for their lives Tuesday.

The current Ebola outbreak, said to be the largest ever, has killed 672 people in the region, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

For more information and to make a donation, visit the Samaritan’s Purse website.

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