Ebola Nurse: Christie’s Quarantine Order ‘An Abundance of Politics’

TIME

A nurse who was forcibly isolated after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, despite not showing any symptoms, said Sunday that a state-mandated quarantine ordered by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was the result of “an abundance of politics.”

Kaci Hickox was held against her will near Newark Liberty International Airport after Christie ordered 21-day mandatory quarantines for all returning health workers, NBC News reports. Hickox was allowed to leave the quarantine last Monday following protests from her lawyer, the Obama administration and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“When Gov. Christie stated that it was an abundance of caution, which is his reasoning for putting health care workers in a sort of quarantine for three weeks, it was really an abundance of politics,” Hickox told Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press. “And I think all of the scientific and medical…

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