Maine Nurse: Stop Ebola Quarantine or I’ll Sue

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
A Maine State Police officer walks in front of the home where nurse Kaci Hickox is staying with her boyfriend, Theodore Michael Wilbur, Oct. 30, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. 
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They say the CIA ain't got nothin' on a woman with a plan.

The nurse who returned from West Africa and was quarantined by the state of Maine because of concerns that she might have contracted Ebola while treating patients overseas defied her state's orders to stay inside her home and went for a bike ride with her boyfriend Thursday.


That’s right: Kaci Hickox, the 33-year-old who blasted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie earlier this week for having her first quarantined in that state’s city of Newark (she initially landed there from West Africa), could be seen riding alongside her boyfriend in Maine while police patrol cars tailed them.

According to an Al-Jazeera report, Hickox is not taking too kindly to the limitations that are being placed on her freedom. She says that all of the precautions officials are encouraging her to take are based on "unscientific" evidence, especially since she has tested negative for Ebola. Hickox said that if the cops—who remain stationed outside her house in Maine when she's home—don't lay off, she's going to court to file a complaint. 

"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," Hickox told reporters when she stepped out of her house for a bit on Wednesday.

Al-Jazeera reported that "earlier she warned authorities that if restrictions were not lifted by Thursday morning, she would go to court to file a complaint."


President Barack Obama seems to agree with Hickox's assessment that some politicians are going overboard imposing quarantines on citizens who have cleared standard hurdles of proving that they are not infected with the virus.

"When I hear people talking about American leadership and then are promoting policies that would avoid leadership and have us running in the opposite direction and hiding under the covers, it makes me a little frustrated," Obama said at a White House event Wednesday.

Read more at Al-Jazeera.

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