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TN doctor who treated Ebola patients remains self-quarantined

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Dr. Alan Jamison returned from Liberia July 29th after treating Ebola patients. WBIR photo Dr. Alan Jamison returned from Liberia July 29th after treating Ebola patients. WBIR photo
MORRISTOWN, TN (WBIR) -  After helping Ebola patients in Liberia, a retired Morristown doctor will remain quarantined at his home until Saturday, according to his family.

Dr. Alan Jamison traveled to Liberia on July 7th with Medical Teams International. The volunteers were working to spread awareness about the deadly virus.

Jamison was at the same hospital unit as Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted Ebola there and was later flown to Atlanta for treatment Saturday.

Monday, Jamison said he appreciates the ongoing support, concern, and respect for his privacy.

"I have voluntarily confined myself out of caution, but want to assure everyone that I feel in excellent health and I am confident that I don't have the Ebola virus," Jamison said in a statement to 10News.

According to his daughter, Amanda Jamison Gillen, her father was supposed to continue his missionary work through August 10th, but returned Tuesday, July 29th, amid concerns from MTI. She said her sister picked her father up from the airport, and he has been at home, alone, since then.

"My father doesn't want the publicity," Jamison Gillen said. "He does all of his work because it's his calling and he wants to help others."

Medical Teams International relies on highly trained professionals who volunteer their time and knowledge to help others in disasters. MTI also provides medical and dental help to people in need across the globe.

MTI's Ebola Response Teams wear protective gear while treating Ebola patients, and brought bags of supplies and that protective gear to the local health department.

Since people can incubate the virus without having symptoms for up to 21 days, his family said he will remain quarantined until Saturday, which marks 21 days since Dr. Jamison last had contact with a Ebola patient.

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