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article imageJudge rejects Maine's bid to restrict movement of nurse

By Karen Graham     Oct 31, 2014 in Politics
Fort Kent - A Maine Judge has denied a bid by state health officials to restrict the movement of Kaci Hickox, a nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere made his ruling Friday, saying she should continue with daily monitoring and let state health officials know any travel plans so that monitoring can continue. Because Hickox is not showing any symptoms, the judge said she is not infectious.
The state went to court on Thursday with a bid to impose restrictions on her movements until the end of the 21-day incubation period set for the Ebola virus. Hickox defied the state imposed quarantine on Thursday by going out for a bike ride with her boy friend, followed by a gaggle of reporters on foot, and a police car trailing further behind.
The bike excursion was her second trip outside the confines of her home. On Wednesday evening, the 33-year old Hickox gave an impromptu news conference, and even shook one reporter's out-stretched hand.
Hickox has been adamant in her refusal to go along with being quarantined ever since she stepped off the plane in New Jersey and came up against Governor Chris Christie's order to put her in quarantine. Hickox immediately lashed out, and in retaliation used the national news media to force Christie to rescind his quarantine order, only to be sent to Maine where the fight has finally ended in her favor.
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