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Court lifts restrictions on nurse

Published:Sunday | November 2, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, take delivery of a pizza at their home in Fort Kent, Maine, last Thursday.

FORT KENT, Maine (AP):

AN American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone can move about as she pleases after a Maine judge eased state-imposed restrictions on her, handing officials in Maine a defeat in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled last Friday that Kaci Hickox must continue daily monitoring of her health but said there is no need to isolate her or restrict her movements because she has no symptoms and is, therefore, not contagious.

The judge also decried the "misconceptions, misinformation, bad science, and bad information" circulating about the lethal disease in the United States

After the ruling, a state police cruiser that had been posted outside Hickox's home left, and she and her boyfriend stepped outside to thank the judge.

Hickox, 33, called it "a good day" and said her "thoughts, prayers and gratitude" remain with those who are still battling Ebola in West Africa.

Maine health officials had gone to court last Thursday in an attempt to bar her from crowded public places and require her to stay at least three feet from others until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola was up on November 10. She would have been free to jog or ride a bike.