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Fort Kent, Maine - Judge Issues Order Enforcing Ebola Isolation Of Defiant Maine Nurse

Published on: October 31, 2014 12:38 PM
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Fort Kent Police Chief Thomas Pelletier leaves the home of nurse Kaci Hickox after a brief visit, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. State health officials have asked a court to limit the movements of Hickox, who defied a voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. Officials filed documents Thursday, following through with a threat to try to isolate her.( AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Fort Kent Police Chief Thomas Pelletier leaves the home of nurse Kaci Hickox after a brief visit, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. State health officials have asked a court to limit the movements of Hickox, who defied a voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. Officials filed documents Thursday, following through with a threat to try to isolate her.( AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Fort Kent, Maine - The confrontation between the state of Maine and a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone heated up on Friday when a judge issued a temporary order enforcing a quarantine after she defied state officials and took a bike ride.

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The order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, instructs nurse Kaci Hickox to submit to “direct active monitoring,” and “not to be present in public places” like shopping centers, movie theaters or workplaces except to receive necessary healthcare.

The temporary order permits her to engage in what the judge called “non-congregate public activities” like walking or jogging in the park but instructs her to maintain a 3-foot (1 meter) distance from other people.

The quarantine confrontation between Hickox and Maine has become the focal point of a struggle between several U.S. states opting for stringent measures to guard against Ebola and a federal government wary of discouraging potential medical volunteers to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.



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 Nov 01, 2014 at 08:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Kol hakovod to this Judge for putting science and common sense ahead of the irrational fears stoked by the political hack governor over Ebola. He will be voted out of office on Tuesday but until then, the Judge has made it clear his political pandering will go nowhere.

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