Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox leaves hospital, returns to Maine for quarantine

Posted at 2:28 PM, Oct 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-27 17:45:18-04

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital after working in West Africa with Ebola patients has been released.

A spokeswoman for University Hospital of Newark says Kaci Hickox was released at around 1:20 p.m. Monday and left the hospital in a private vehicle. The state Health Department says she will be taken to Maine, where she lives.

Maine's protocols will require the nurse to be quarantined in her home in Fort Kent for 21 days after the last possible exposure to the disease.

A statement released by the office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said health officials in Maine had been notified of her arrival and that they could decide on her treatment and monitoring from there.