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Quarantined Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox to Be Released by New Jersey

Handout Phot(NEWARK, N.J.) — New Jersey has decided to release a nurse who was forcibly quarantined after she returned from Africa where she treated Ebola patients.

The release was announced Monday morning after Kaci Hickox, hired a lawyer to sue over her mandatory quarantine for 21 days. Shortly before the decision by the New Jersey Health Department, the nurse said she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

Hickox, 33, has hired civil rights attorney Norman Siegel to fight her mandatory quarantine. The nurse has said she feels that her “basic human rights are being violated,” kept in a isolation tent at Universisty Hospital in Newark, despite showing no symptoms of the Ebola virus.

“Medically speaking there’s no reason for the state of New Jersey to keep her quarantined,” Siegel said outside the hospital on Sunday. “She very simply wants to be released. We will advocate for the state of New Jersey and the governor to release her as soon as possible.”

Hickox, who was treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doctors Without Borders, never registered a fever so there is no medical reason to keep her quarantined, he said.

She is the first person quarantined under a new strict policy instituted by Christie on Friday.

New York, Illinois and Florida also instituted mandatory quarantines for anyone exposed to people infected with Ebola health. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will allow home quarantines for people showing no symptoms, rather than requiring isolation in hospitals.

The policies have drawn the attention of the Obama administration, which told the governors of New Jersey and New York that there are “concerns” about the mandatory quarantines, a senior administration official said today.

Hickox told CNN she is being held in a “tent structure” outside of University Hospital, “with a port-a-potty like structure and no shower and no connection to the outside world except my iPhone.”

“This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated,” Hickox told CNN.

Medical experts say that there is no reason for mandatory quarantines, since unless a person is showing symptoms of Ebola, they are not contagious.

“As a scientist and as a health person, if I were asked I would not have recommended [mandatory quarantines],” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday on This Week.

Christie has said he concluded the quarantine was necessary to protect public health in his state and that he thinks the CDC “eventually will come around to our point of view on this.”

A New York doctor, Craig Spencer, who returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa has tested positive for the virus and is being treated at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. His fiancee, Morgan Dixon, and two other people he came into close contact with have also been quarantined, but they haven’t shown any symptoms.

In addition, a 5-year-old boy who returned from Guinea on Saturday was taken to a New York City hospital on Sunday with Ebola-like symptoms. When the boy’s temperature spiked this morning, doctors decided to test him for Ebola.

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Quarantined Nurse Hopes Her ‘Nightmare’ in New Jersey ‘Not in Vain’

Handout Photo(NEW YORK) — A nurse who is fighting being forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after returning from Africa where she treated Ebola patients said Monday that she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Kaci Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

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Quarantined Nurse Hopes Her ‘Nightmare’ in New Jersey ‘Not in Vain’

Handout Photo(NEW YORK) — A nurse who is fighting being forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after returning from Africa where she treated Ebola patients said Monday that she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Kaci Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

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Quarantined Nurse Hopes Her ‘Nightmare’ in New Jersey ‘Not in Vain’

Handout Photo(NEW YORK) — A nurse who is fighting being forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after returning from Africa where she treated Ebola patients said Monday that she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Kaci Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

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Gossip Isn’t Always Such a Bad Thing

(NEW YORK) — Researchers from the Netherlands say that listening to any kind of gossip can impact the way we judge ourselves — and, surprisingly, in a good way.

The study, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, looked at two separate groups, consisting of a total of 305 undergraduate students, who listened to either positive or negative gossip.

Listening to positive gossip, researchers said, allowed members of that group to use the information they heard for self-improvement.

Meanwhile, those in the other group, who listened to negative gossip, actually got an ego boost because they felt superior to the person being gossiped about. At the same time, however, the listeners became more guarded out of concern that they too may be the subject of gossip behind their backs.

The study also found that men and women react to hearing gossip slightly differently. Women who listened to negative gossip were more likely to be concerned about their own risk of being gossiped about than men, while men who heard positive gossip became more skittish.

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NYC Ebola Patient ‘Looks Better’ After Plasma Treatment

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City doctor, who tested positive for Ebola when he returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in Guinea, “looks better today than yesterday,” but is in serious but stable condition, health officials said.

Dr. Craig Spencer, who is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, received plasma treatments Saturday, when doctors said his illness had entered a “more serious, but expected stage.”

“He tolerated the plasma treatment which was given to him yesterday well, and he had a good night’s sleep,” Ram Raju, head of the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, said.

Health officials did not identify the source of the plasma, but the aid agency SIM Charity told ABC news that health worker Nancy Writebol, who survived Ebola she contracted in Liberia, donated blood to Spencer.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he spoke with Spencer for 10 or 12 minutes by phone on Saturday.

“This is an incredible noble human being,” the mayor said. “He ran towards the danger to protect the entire world.”

Spencer, 33, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea until Oct. 12, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 following a stopover in Brussels, Belgium.

Doctors Without Borders Guidelines requires doctors like Spencer to take their temperature twice a day and to stay within four hours of a hospital for the 21-day incubation period. They are also supposed to contact Doctors Without Borders if they developed any symptoms.

On Thursday morning, Spencer recorded a temperature of 100.3 and called Doctors Without Borders, who contacted New York authorities. Emergency responders arrived at his northern Manhattan apartment in full protective gear and took him to Bellevue, where he was placed in isolation and later diagnosed with Ebola, according to officials.

Spencer’s fiancee and two friends who were determined to be at risk of having contracted the disease from him have also been quarantined in their homes until Nov. 14, city health officials said.

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NYC Ebola Patient ‘Looks Better’ After Plasma Treatment

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City doctor, who tested positive for Ebola when he returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in Guinea, “looks better today than yesterday,” but is in serious but stable condition, health officials said.

Dr. Craig Spencer, who is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, received plasma treatments Saturday, when doctors said his illness had entered a “more serious, but expected stage.”

“He tolerated the plasma treatment which was given to him yesterday well, and he had a good night’s sleep,” Ram Raju, head of the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, said.

Health officials did not identify the source of the plasma, but the aid agency SIM Charity told ABC news that health worker Nancy Writebol, who survived Ebola she contracted in Liberia, donated blood to Spencer.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he spoke with Spencer for 10 or 12 minutes by phone on Saturday.

“This is an incredible noble human being,” the mayor said. “He ran towards the danger to protect the entire world.”

Spencer, 33, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea until Oct. 12, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 following a stopover in Brussels, Belgium.

Doctors Without Borders Guidelines requires doctors like Spencer to take their temperature twice a day and to stay within four hours of a hospital for the 21-day incubation period. They are also supposed to contact Doctors Without Borders if they developed any symptoms.

On Thursday morning, Spencer recorded a temperature of 100.3 and called Doctors Without Borders, who contacted New York authorities. Emergency responders arrived at his northern Manhattan apartment in full protective gear and took him to Bellevue, where he was placed in isolation and later diagnosed with Ebola, according to officials.

Spencer’s fiancee and two friends who were determined to be at risk of having contracted the disease from him have also been quarantined in their homes until Nov. 14, city health officials said.

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NYC Ebola Patient ‘Looks Better’ After Plasma Treatment

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City doctor, who tested positive for Ebola when he returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in Guinea, “looks better today than yesterday,” but is in serious but stable condition, health officials said.

Dr. Craig Spencer, who is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, received plasma treatments Saturday, when doctors said his illness had entered a “more serious, but expected stage.”

“He tolerated the plasma treatment which was given to him yesterday well, and he had a good night’s sleep,” Ram Raju, head of the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, said.

Health officials did not identify the source of the plasma, but the aid agency SIM Charity told ABC news that health worker Nancy Writebol, who survived Ebola she contracted in Liberia, donated blood to Spencer.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he spoke with Spencer for 10 or 12 minutes by phone on Saturday.

“This is an incredible noble human being,” the mayor said. “He ran towards the danger to protect the entire world.”

Spencer, 33, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea until Oct. 12, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 following a stopover in Brussels, Belgium.

Doctors Without Borders Guidelines requires doctors like Spencer to take their temperature twice a day and to stay within four hours of a hospital for the 21-day incubation period. They are also supposed to contact Doctors Without Borders if they developed any symptoms.

On Thursday morning, Spencer recorded a temperature of 100.3 and called Doctors Without Borders, who contacted New York authorities. Emergency responders arrived at his northern Manhattan apartment in full protective gear and took him to Bellevue, where he was placed in isolation and later diagnosed with Ebola, according to officials.

Spencer’s fiancee and two friends who were determined to be at risk of having contracted the disease from him have also been quarantined in their homes until Nov. 14, city health officials said.

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NYC Ebola Patient ‘Looks Better’ After Plasma Treatment

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City doctor, who tested positive for Ebola when he returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in Guinea, “looks better today than yesterday,” but is in serious but stable condition, health officials said.

Dr. Craig Spencer, who is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, received plasma treatments Saturday, when doctors said his illness had entered a “more serious, but expected stage.”

“He tolerated the plasma treatment which was given to him yesterday well, and he had a good night’s sleep,” Ram Raju, head of the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, said.

Health officials did not identify the source of the plasma, but the aid agency SIM Charity told ABC news that health worker Nancy Writebol, who survived Ebola she contracted in Liberia, donated blood to Spencer.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he spoke with Spencer for 10 or 12 minutes by phone on Saturday.

“This is an incredible noble human being,” the mayor said. “He ran towards the danger to protect the entire world.”

Spencer, 33, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea until Oct. 12, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 following a stopover in Brussels, Belgium.

Doctors Without Borders Guidelines requires doctors like Spencer to take their temperature twice a day and to stay within four hours of a hospital for the 21-day incubation period. They are also supposed to contact Doctors Without Borders if they developed any symptoms.

On Thursday morning, Spencer recorded a temperature of 100.3 and called Doctors Without Borders, who contacted New York authorities. Emergency responders arrived at his northern Manhattan apartment in full protective gear and took him to Bellevue, where he was placed in isolation and later diagnosed with Ebola, according to officials.

Spencer’s fiancee and two friends who were determined to be at risk of having contracted the disease from him have also been quarantined in their homes until Nov. 14, city health officials said.

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NYC Mayor Says Nurse Quarantined Over Ebola Was ‘Treated with Disrespect’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On Sunday at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, Mayor Bill de Blasio described nurse Kaci Hickox’s mandatory quarantine following her return from working in West Africa as inappropriate.

De Blasio said she was “treated with disrespect as if she had done something wrong. We owe her better that that.”

He added, “We respect the right of each government to make decisions that they think are right for their people but we have to think how we treat the people who are doing this noble work. We must show them respect and consideration at all times.”

Hickox plans a federal lawsuit challenging her New Jersey hospital confinement.

The Obama administration tells ABC News it has contacted New York and New Jersey officials to voice concern about the unintended consequences of policies not grounded in science.

The mayor’s comments on Sunday followed a meeting at Bellevue to thank the doctors and nurses caring for Dr. Craig Spencer, who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from aid work in Guinea, West Africa.

NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation President Dr. Ram Raju said Dr. Spencer’s condition remains serious but stable.

“He tolerated the plasma treatment which was given to him yesterday well, and he had a good night’s sleep,” Raju said.

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