Kaci Hickox, nurse who fought Ebola quarantine, leaving Maine

Nurse Kaci Hickox speaks with the media in Fort Kent, Maine in this file photo taken Oct. 31, 2014.

Nurse Kaci Hickox speaks with the media in Fort Kent, Maine in this file photo taken Oct. 31, 2014. Joel Page | REUTERS

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who grabbed headlines for defying quarantines in New Jersey and Maine after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, is leaving the state.

Hickox, a Texas native, told me in an email that she’s moving to Oregon to take a job with a large health care system.

She arrived in Maine in October following a trip to Sierra Leone to care for Ebola patients, bringing the national debate over travel restrictions for health care workers returning from West Africa to Fort Kent’s doorstep. Hickox lived in the Aroostook County town during her showdown with the LePage administration, later relocating to Freeport and then Yarmouth.

As she insisted throughout the ordeal, Hickox never was infected with Ebola.

She has remained in the spotlight, named a person of the year by Time magazine, blasting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his comments about vaccines, and embarking on speaking engagements to raise awareness about Ebola and the world’s response to the deadly virus.

She has said she hopes to return to West Africa.

Update: Hickox’s planned speech to a public health group in Portland today was never formally scheduled and she won’t be appearing.

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.