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Maine once arrested an infected TB patient: How Kaci Hickox is different

Kaci Hickox, a nurse who arrived in New Jersey on October 24 after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, speaks to her lawyer Norman Siegel from a hospital quarantine tent in Newark, New Jersey, October 26, 2014, in a photo provided by attorney Steve Hyman.

In September 2006, John Donohue landed in Cumberland County Jail for refusing to take medication to prevent the spread of his tuberculosis.  Legal and health officials described the 54-year-old transient’s case as the first time in Maine that a person was imprisoned to avoid spreading a potentially fatal disease. With disagreement reaching a fever pitch over how Maine should respond […]

Maine CDC launches Ebola website

The Ebola virus

The state’s public health agency has launched a new website about the Ebola virus. First off, Maine has recorded no cases of the illness. A patient was held for observation at Maine Medical Center last week, but multiple tests confirmed the individual wasn’t infected with Ebola. Still, the public and health providers have plenty of questions about Ebola […]

Should the U.S limit travel to protect Americans from Ebola?

LA Fire Department Paramedic truck drives past a United Airlines plane from New York's JFK airport, that was diverted to a remote gate after landing at LAX, after a passenger on the flight exhibited flu-like symptoms, in Los Angeles

Fears about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus have led many Americans to push for closing the country’s borders to travelers from West Africa, ground zero of the outbreak. U.S. House Republicans are demanding that President Barack Obama impose new travel restrictions, a step the president continues to resist. Obama said yesterday that “a flat-out travel ban is not […]

Report: Maine abortion providers see spike in Canadian clients after clinic closure

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Ruth Lockhart, executive director of Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, speaks at a May 2012 annual dinner and auction in Bangor Abortion clinics in Maine are seeing a spike in clients from New Brunswick following a Canadian clinic’s closure, according to a new report by CBC News. The Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton performed about 600 abortions a year, more […]