Aid group says Victoria doctor ‘not in quarantine’ after Ebola mission

VANCOUVER – A Victoria doctor is reportedly in self-imposed quarantine after recently returning from helping treat Ebola patients in Liberia.

Dr. Azaria Marthyman was part of a team that worked with the organization called Samaritan’s Purse.

Marthyman reportedly returned from Liberia on Saturday and even though he is showing no signs of the virus, he has reportedly placed himself under quarantine in his home.

One of his colleagues,  Dr. Kent Brantly, has tested positive for the Ebola virus. He is currently undergoing treatment in an isolation centre at a Liberia hospital.

Marthyman posted many blog entries of his work in Liberia, writing on July 24 that he was homeward bound and that he was “doing well physically and emotionally.”

Two Americans working in Liberia have now tested positive for the disease.

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There is no known cure for Ebola, which starts with symptoms including fever and sore throat and escalates to vomiting, diarrhea and internal bleeding. The World Health Organization says the disease spreads through direct contact with blood and other bodily fluids, but can spread through indirect contact with environments that are contaminated with fluids from someone with the Ebola virus.

Hundreds of people from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have already died from the disease.


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