Maine can't hold Ebola nurse without judge's order

Oct 29, 2014 4:29 PM by News Staff

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - Maine health officials say until a judge signs off on a court order they don't have the authority to prevent a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa from leaving her home.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says state police will monitor nurse Kaci Hickox's movements if she leaves her house. But Hickox can't be detained without a judge's approval.

Hickox has shown no symptoms of Ebola. She has been abiding by the state's voluntary quarantine but says she'll stop doing so Thursday. That sets up a showdown with the state, which wants her quarantined for 21 days.

Hickox was the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine after arriving at an airport there. She's now in Fort Kent, near the Canadian border.

Mayhew says Maine's request for the court order could be filed by Wednesday night.


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