Ebola crisis: Kaci Hickox and Maine reach agreement

The US state of Maine has reached an agreement with a nurse who was briefly quarantined after treating victims of Ebola in West Africa.

Kaci Hickox has tested negative for Ebola twice and has no symptoms, but Maine officials went to court to try to bar her from crowded public places.

The deal complies with Friday’s ruling by a judge that she should be free to travel but must monitor her health.

Only one person in the US is currently being treated for Ebola in New York.

“I am not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public,” said Ms Hickox.

Ms Hickox travelled to Sierra Leone with the Doctors Without Borders medical charity when the outbreak erupted.

However, nearly 75% of Americans surveyed in a Reuters and Ipsos Mori poll said that they believed that healthcare workers who returned to the US after treating Ebola victims in West Africa should be quarantined.

Meanwhile a US teacher at a private school in Louisville, Kentucky has resigned instead of taking paid leave because of fears over Ebola.

Susan Sherman, a teacher at St Margaret Mary Catholic School is also a registered nurse and recently returned from a medical mission trip to Kenya, Louisville’s The Courier-Journal reported.

Although Kenya is in eastern Africa and has not yet had any reported cases of Ebola, the school reportedly asked Ms Sherman to take three weeks of paid leave after parents raised concerns.

Meanwhile a doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola, the fifth local doctor to die of the disease there.

Dr Godfrey George from the Kambia Government Hospital died two days after he had tested positive, a senior doctor confirmed to the BBC’s Umaru Fofana in Freetown.

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