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Kaci Hickox, Nurse Who Fought Ebola Quarantine, Officially Virus-Free

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Kaci Hickox, the nurse who made the news for refusing to be quarantined in New Jersey and Maine after returning to the U.S. from West Africa, is officially Ebola-free as she concluded her monitoring period Monday.

Hickox said she plans to go out to dinner with her boyfriend to celebrate the end of the 21-year incubation period, The Associated Press reported. She also is considering more long-term plans that involve her acting as an advocate for healthcare workers.

"In the past, a quarantine was something that was considered very extreme. I'm concerned about how lightly we're taking this concept today," Hickox told the AP. "I'm concerned that the wrong people are leading the debate and making the decisions."

Hickox was subjected to a mandatory quarantine after she returned from a stint with Doctors Without Borders, where she treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. The experience there is leading her toward activist work.

"I said I'm going to have to do something about this because I can't possibly let my colleagues go through this. This is completely unacceptable," she told AP.

The Portland Press-Herald reported that Hickox said she and her boyfriend are moving away from Maine during the next week, but she did not indicate where they would go.

Hickox's boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, was forced to drop out of a nursing program at the University of Maine because there were threats made against him, and school officials refused to tell students that "any harassment, threats, or demonstrations" would not be accepted, according to the newspaper.

Wilbur said the school wasn’t helpful and didn’t take an appropriate role in communications.

"They didn’t show any leadership or support to me and they had an opportunity, as a nursing school, to act like a medical community, and they didn’t," he said.

A university official said any harassment of a student is taken "very seriously," and said he was sorry Wilbur has that view of the school’s handling of the situation, the Press-Herald said.

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Kaci Hickox, the nurse who made the news for refusing to be quarantined in New Jersey and Maine after returning to the U.S. from West Africa, is officially Ebola-free as she concluded her monitoring period Monday.
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