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The 69-year-old retired doctor said he'll remain isolated in his home for 21 days. (Source: Dr. Alan Jamison) The 69-year-old retired doctor said he'll remain isolated in his home for 21 days. (Source: Dr. Alan Jamison)
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KNOXVILLE, TN (CNN) - A retired American doctor who was working with Ebola patients in West Africa returned to the United States and put himself in quarantine.

Alan Jamison isn't taking any chances, and has quarantined himself inside his home in Morristown, TN.

The doctor volunteered with Medical Teams International to treat Ebola patients in the same Liberian hospital where American doctor Kent Brantly contracted the deadly virus.

"The risk was becoming greater and greater. And the concern is, if I were to contract the infection while I was there, I would not have the facilities available for a better level of treatment that is available in the United States," Jamison said. "I felt like I'd left things undone."

The 69-year-old said though he doesn't have any symptoms of the virus so far, he plans to be in isolation for 21 days, which is the incubation period for the disease.

His last contact with an Ebola patient was two weeks ago. His daughter picked him up from the airport upon his return to the United States, but Jamison said he hasn't had any contact with anyone else since his isolation started on July 25.

"Whether it's war, like when I was in Somalia. And when I was in the Philippines when they had the typhoon. In Haiti we had cholera following the earthquake. So, these situations, they all pose risks," Jamison said.

They're risks Jamison said he would gladly go through again in West Africa if it meant that he could help others survive a disease that kills the majority of those it infects.

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