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The police chief of a tiny town in Maine today said that he would not stop Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox from breaking her state-imposed quarantine after she vowed to break it - despite patients cancelling appointments at a local hospital and residents attacking her for being 'selfish'. In an interview with MailOnline, Fort Kent's Chief Tom Pelletier said he plans to go visit her to welcome her home personally. And he went even further, saying that he has no intention of restricting the nurse's movements even if Maine Gov. Paul LePage orders that she should return to quarantine.
But Pelletier struck a very different stance. He said: 'I would tell the governor he would have to get a court order. My concern is Kaci Hickox's personal safety. I am worried about either local people or people coming from outside making threats and taking action against her. 'She has no symptoms of Ebola and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has recommended voluntary quarantine — and the key word is voluntary. I am not going to restrict her movements, I have no legal grounds for doing so.'
On Wednesday morning, Hickox, 33, told Today: 'I don’t plan on sticking to the (Maine's) guidelines. I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.'
Miss Hickox appeared on the Today show via Skype today where she told host Matt Lauer that she was appalled by mandatory quarantine policies, adding: 'They are not based on science or evidence. 'If the restrictions by Maine are not lifted by Thursday morning, I will go to court to get my freedom.'
Miss Hickox said: 'I truly believe that this policy is not scientifically or constitutionally just. I am not a risk to the American public. Of course I do understand that it has created a lot of fear but we have to make policies based on
evidence. She added: 'We need more education about the disease and should not be taking these mixes messages from politicians. Currently, I am the one that's suffering.'
The nurse plans to return to West Africa in the future to help in the fight against Ebola.
originally posted by: jtma508
Well, not surprisingly I disagree with the 'ATS experts'. She knows far more about the disease and its management than the lot of you put together. She has tested NEGATIVE not once but TWICE. Ain't about showing symptoms. She DOES NOT HAVE THE VIRUS. Never did. She is less risk that the two nurses recently released who tested negative for the virus after treatment because SHE never had the virus in her body and THEY did. She is being arbitrarily quarantined because some politicians want to look 'tough on Ebola' to their constituency. It's stupid. The policy flies in the face of the medical science. I'm amazed that a bunch of people who spend most of their time railing against government over-reach thinks state mandated quarantine of a professional health care worker who has twice tested negative for Ebola and who is self monitoring is no0t only reasonable but that SHE is being labeled 'unprofessional'. Unbelievable. Shades of the AIDs epidemic. Blind ignorance never dies.
In an ideal world, health care workers returning from West Africa would get a quick blood test to prove they aren't carrying the Ebola virus. A test like that would likely put to rest some of the anxiety surrounding these doctors, nurses and scientists.
Unfortunately, even the best blood test in the world can't do that.
The test uses a technology called PCR, for polymerase chain reaction. It can detect extraordinarily small traces of genetic material from the Ebola virus.
But the catch is, the test is usually used on blood samples. And in the beginning, that's not where the Ebola virus hides.
"The initial sites of replication actually are not in the blood itself — they're mostly in tissues like spleen or liver," says Thomas Geisbert, a microbiologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Dr. Bhadelia spent 12 days caring for the sick in an Ebola ward. Her experience has convinced her that she must return.
It's not practical to sample these organs to look for Ebola. But the virus doesn't stay there forever, Geisbert explains. As the infection grows, virus particles are gradually released into the blood, as well.
A nurse has agreed to quarantine herself in her Texas home after she returned from working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone on Wednesday, according to the governor’s office.
The nurse, who was not identified, does not show signs of symptoms, but she is at risk under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols, a news release said. She landed at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport early Wednesday morning.
“In Texas, we have a great tradition of welcoming our heroes back home and this heroic individual deserves our appreciation, our compassion, and our utmost respect,” Gov. Rick Perry said in the release.
Perry requested that the nurse quarantine herself at home, where the Texas Department of State Health Services will monitor her twice a day for 21 days.
Perry’s office said that health workers shouldn’t be deterred from traveling to Ebola-stricken countries to provide help.
originally posted by: diggindirt
I'm beginning to wonder if she was indeed treating patients when she was in Africa. Perhaps her job was really just administrative and she never saw a patient so she does know that she's not been exposed. That would be the only sensible explanation to this sort of behavior on her part.
originally posted by: MysterX
a reply to: UnBreakable
I have to agree with this assessment of her. I don't know a lot, but one thing I can do is get a gut feeling of what people are like based on initial impressions. She seems very self-centered despite going to W. Africa to help Ebola victims. I believe she only did this to brag about it. Narcissism disguised as altruism.
I hear actors suffer from the same personality defects....just saying.
originally posted by: Aleister
She's doing this because, as a health professional who worked with Ebola patients, she knows the warning signs, knows she doesn't have any, and will surely report them if they appear (like the doctor in New York has done). The people who worked with Ebola are not among those who panic that the virus is sitting on a cupcake in the local bakery, they know exactly what to look for and when a person is contagious - the contagious stage comes long into the illness. She's standing up for her rights, and doing so on a national stage.
Maine state police were stationed outside the home of Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox's boyfriend Wednesday as Gov. Paul LePage said he was seeking legal authority to force the "unwilling" health care workers to remain quarantined at the location for 21 days.
Over Hickox's objections, Maine health officials insisted that she stay in her boyfriend's home in Fort Kent for 21 days until the incubation period for Ebola had passed.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, however, said Wednesday that Hickox has been "unwilling" to follow state protocols and that he will seek legal authority to enforce the quarantine.
originally posted by: kosmicjack
a reply to: kaylaluv
We can see a person with a gun and take action.
Look, we have strict quarantines in place for agricultural concerns like livestock and imported goods but we shouldn't take precautions regarding a level 4 pathogen among humans? It's nonsensical.
I'd love to give HCWs the courtesy and benefit of the doubt to self-quarantine but 2 out of the 3 who have been infected disregarded the recommendations. Add to that the fact that, overall during this outbreak, a greater percentage of HCWs have contracted the disease using the same protocols that have been used in other Ebola outbreaks and I tend to think we would be foolish to dismiss the possibility that something may have changed with the virus.
originally posted by: kaylaluv
a reply to: MrLimpet
Means nothing. The doctor in New York at first claimed to be self-quarantining at home also, until it was found that he didn't. She's probably just saying she will so the crazies don't burn her house down or kill her children. She'll probably sneak out - you don't know who she is, so you can't verify whether she adheres to it or not. You guys should demand that she be locked up in a high-security prison (in isolation of course), cuz you know you can't trust her.