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Don't bully me: Maine nurse

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:37

Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse gives the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine or she will go to court. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Ebola medic Kaci Hickox emerged from her boyfriend's home in Fort Kent, Maine healthy... and defiant. SOUNDBITE: EBOLA MEDIC KACI HICKOX SAYING: "I still believe that I'm fighting for something much more than myself." The nurse, who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and is not showing any symptoms of the disease herself, is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine or she'll disregard the restrictions and go to court. SOUNDBITE: EBOLA MEDIC KACI HICKOX SAYING: "When someone is asymptomatic there is no risk for them transmitting infection, so to imprison me in my house for three weeks.... I'm not willing to stand here, and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science based." Hickox's defiance is not sitting well with Maine Governor Paul LePage or his state health commissioner. They say they'll seek legal authority to keep the nurse isolated at home until the incubation period for Ebola has fully passed. SOUNDBITE: MARY MAYHEW, MAINE HEALTH COMMISSIONER, SAYING: "There are other cases where individuals have not tested positive, did not believe they were symptomatic, and quickly developed symptoms while they were out in the public." President Obama is showing his support for the medics on the frontlines of the Ebola battle. He said he's "frustrated" with state policies that seek to quarantine them, saying it only hurts -- not helps -- in the fight to stop Ebola's spread. SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We need to call them what they are, which is American heroes. They deserve out gratitude." Meanwhile, the nurse who suddenly finds herself at the epicenter of the U.S. Ebola debate says she'll review with her attorneys about her next legal steps.

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Don't bully me: Maine nurse

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:37