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Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse
October 31, 2014 18:37 GMT

By ROBERT F. BUKATY Associated Press

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) -- A Maine judge has given nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat in their bid to isolate her.

The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone called it "a good day" and said her "thoughts, prayers and gratitude" remain with those who are still battling Ebola in West Africa.

The state sought to impose restrictions until Hickox's 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10.

The judge is requiring only daily monitoring and said she's not a threat to the public. In his ruling, the judge wrote that "people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational."

Maine Gov. Paul LePage said it's "unfortunate" that restrictions were eased, but he said the state will follow the law.

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