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US judge in Ebola quarantine rule
31 Oct 2014 15:03
A judge in the US state of Maine has issued a temporary order forcing a quarantine on a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
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Kaci Hickox defied a previous order by state officials to stay at home for 21 days and took a bicycle ride yesterday.
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The 21 day period refers to the maximum it can take for Ebola to develop following contact with the virus.
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The order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, instructs the nurse to submit to "directactive monitoring," and "not to be present in public places" like shopping centres, cinemas or workplaces except to receive necessary healthcare.
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The temporary order permits her to engage in what the judge called "non-congregate public activities" like walking or jogging in the park but instructs her to maintain a one metre distance from other people.
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The quarantine confrontation between Ms Hickox and Maine has become the focal point of a struggle between several US states opting for stringent measures to guard against Ebola and a federal government wary of discouraging potential medical volunteers to fight the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.
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