NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The health care worker now quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa is sharply criticizing the way she’s being treated.
Kaci Hickox says in a first-person account in the Dallas Morning News she was stopped and questioned over several hours arriving Friday at Newark Liberty International. She says no one would explain what was going on or what would happen to her.
Hickox is a nurse who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. Officials say she was taken to a hospital after developing a fever; Hickox says she was merely flushed because she was upset.
She tested negative for Ebola in a preliminary evaluation. Hospital officials won’t say if she will remain quarantined for the entire 21 days.
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