Nurse says she will not quarantine herself after treating Ebola patients in West Africa

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Kaci Hickox from her time in Sierra Leone

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(CNN) – A nurse who demanded to be taken out of quarantine in New Jersey says she will not obey orders to isolate herself at her home in Maine.

Kaci Hickox has no symptoms of the virus, but health officials want her to stay at home for the remainder of a 21-day quarantine.

Maine officials said if she refused to be quarantined until Nov. 10, they would make it involuntary.

Her lawyer says she will not comply because she poses no risk to the public.

On the “Today” show, Hickox said she was appalled at her treatment.

“I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines,” she said.

“I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines,” she said. “I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me.”

Hickox’s lawyer says if Maine officials try to apprehend her, they would take this to court.

On Tuesday, the state’s health commissioner warned that the state would force the quarantine if individuals who came in contact with the virus didn’t isolate themselves willingly.

“If an individual who came in direct contact with Ebola patients has returned to Maine and is not willing to avoid public contact and stay in their home voluntarily during the period they are at some risk, we will take additional measures and pursue appropriate authority to ensure they make no public contact,” said Mary Mayhem, commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Hickox returned to the United States on Friday after treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

She was put in an isolation tent at a New Jersey hospital as part of a new quarantine policy.

Hickox says she is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that say she should monitor herself and her temperature.

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