Date
18 October 2017
Kaci Hickox, who returned to US after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, has slammed quarantine restrictions imposed on her as unnecessary and unjust. Photo: Reuters:
Kaci Hickox, who returned to US after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, has slammed quarantine restrictions imposed on her as unnecessary and unjust. Photo: Reuters:

US nurse demands Ebola quarantine lift; says ‘won’t be bullied’

A nurse in the US has demanded that authorities lift the Ebola quarantine imposed on her, saying the restrictions are illegal and unconstitutional and that she won’t be bullied by politicians.

Kaci Hickox from Maine gave state officials an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court, Reuters reported.

“I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I am not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public,” Hickox told NBC’s “Today” program, the report said.

Hickox tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. She previously blasted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after she was taken from Newark’s airport and put in quarantine in a tent before being driven to Maine to spend the rest of her 21-day quarantine at her home.

Hickox’s defiance did not sit well with Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage, who said he would seek legal authority to keep her isolated at home until Nov. 10.

“While we certainly respect the rights of one individual, we must be vigilant in protecting 1.3 million Mainers, as well as anyone who visits our great state,” LePage was quoted as saying in a statement.

In several media interviews, Hickox, who is 33 years old, said she was in good health and had not had any symptoms of the virus that would indicate she had become contagious. 

Her lawyer, Steven Hyman, told Reuters that Maine has no basis to arrest or detain her.

“Such action would be illegal and unconstitutional and we would seek to protect Kaci’s rights as an American citizen under the Constitution. There is no medical risk and we have to deal with fact and not hysteria,” he said.

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