- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A Maricopa County Sheriff’s detention officer has been ordered to stay home for three weeks on administrative leave after he visited an Ebola-stricken area of West Africa.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday that he took the action to protect his employees and inmates.

Arpaio says the detention officer travels annually to Sierra Leone.

That is one of the three African nations where nearly 4,000 people have died from the growing Ebola epidemic.

The unidentified officer has worked for MCSO since 2006.

If the officer shows no symptoms of the Ebola virus, sheriff’s officials say he will be allowed to return to work on Nov. 12.

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