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Kaci Hickox who was fighting Ebola in West Africa is now fighting the Ebola quarantine battle in Maine.

Maine health commissioner Mary Mayhew said late Wednesday afternoon that, even as it continues talks with Hickox’s representatives, the state is in the process of filing a court order to require the nurse to abide by a 21-day quarantine. Mayhew cited concerns about Hickox’s hands-on role in dealing with Ebola patients, as well as “concerns about the lack of reliability and the lack of trustworthiness in the information that has been received.”

“You need to be able to have trust and credibility in that information,” the state health commissioner told CNN news. “That makes her a higher risk.”

Mayhew also blasted what she called “the lack of leadership at the federal level” that has created “a patchwork quilt of state-by-state determinations,” vowing that “we will not stand by and exacerbate the situation in Maine.”
“We have been pleading for common sense, for an appreciation for the risks that exists, Hickox’s said to CCN.

She pointed to other states such as New Jersey, New York and Illinois that have implemented 21-day quarantines for health care workers returning from West Africa, over objections from some medical professionals and federal officials.

Mayhew said “This is a reasonable request to ensure out of an abundance of caution that we are protecting the people of this state, reported CNN.

“I am completely healthy and symptom-free,” Hickox said.

“If this does persist, then I will challenge those legal actions.”

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Siyanda Nkala

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