Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride
11:31am EDT - 00:57
The Maine Ebola nurse who vowed to defy her home quarantine orders goes for a bike ride, as state vehicles and reporters follow. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Having said she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse under orders from the state to remain in isolation at home, defied the quarantine on Thursday (October 30) by taking a bike ride outside her Fort Kent home.
News footage showed 33-year-old Kaci Hickox, who had help treat Ebola patients in West Africa before returning to the U.S. earlier this month, leaving her home with her partner on mountain bikes.
They were promptly followed by two vehicles that appeared to belong to state agencies. A gaggle of reporters and camera persons also tried to follow the couple down the rural road.
The saga of nurse Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights.
Republican Main Governor Paul LePage has said he will seek legal authority to keep Hickox isolated at home until the incubation period for possible Ebola infection has passed.
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