Vital Signs: LePage to drop quarantine if Hickox agrees to blood test

The case of Kaci Hickox, a nurse who returned to Maine this week after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, has brought into sharp relief the challenges of reconciling individual rights with public safety in the face of potential health threats. A chorus of infectious disease experts has spoken out against quarantines for returning health care workers, while officials in Maine and other states insist such measures are common-sense approaches to protecting their residents.

We’ve followed Hickox’s situation step by step this week, from her involuntary quarantine in New Jersey to her bike ride in Fort Kent this morning in defiance of Maine health officials. So far, this fact remains consistent through all of it: Hickox is not displaying symptoms of Ebola and preliminary tests indicate she’s not infected.

Report: LePage to back off quarantine if Kaci Hickox agrees to blood test

Nurse from Brewer aiding in Ebola relief worries quarantines will deter potential volunteers

Students wearing ‘Ebola nurse’ costumes in Portland stir controversy

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Judge dismisses most of lawsuit over since-repealed abortion clinic buffer zone

A federal judge on Monday declared most aspects of a lawsuit against the city of Portland moot, pointing out that the abortion clinic buffer zone being challenged in the lawsuit was repealed by the city months ago.

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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell.



Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.