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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kaci Hickox Won't Follow Maine Ebola Quarantine Rule, Lawyer Says

PHOTO: Kaci Hickox is pictured in this undated image provided by the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, won't follow the quarantine imposed by Maine officials, her attorney said tonight.
"Going forward she does not intend to abide by the quarantine imposed by Maine officials because she is not a risk to others," her attorney Steven Hyman said. "She is asymptomatic and under all the protocols cannot be deemed a medical risk of being contagious to anyone."
Hickox will abide by all the self-monitoring requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Maine, Hyman said.
Maine requires that health care workers such as Hickox who return to the state from West Africa will remain under a 21-day home quarantine, with their condition actively monitored, Gov. Paul R. LePage said in a statement.
"We will help make sure the health care worker has everything to make this time as comfortable as possible," he said.
Hickox left University Hospital in Newark Monday afternoon and was taken to Maine, where she lives.
Hickox, 29, was the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday. She had previously treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doctors Without Borders, but never registered a...
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