NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa says the process of keeping her isolated is “inhumane.”
Kaci Hickox told CNN by telephone Sunday she felt her “basic human rights have been violated.” She also questioned why politicians are making decisions she said should be left up to health officials.
Hickox is the first traveler quarantined under new guidelines established in New Jersey and New York. She said she is “completely asymptomatic” and tested negative for Ebola in a preliminary evaluation.
Hickox says she has been told little about the quarantine process and noted that hospital workers in contact with her are allowed to leave and be with their families.
State health officials say Hickox has been made aware of quarantine details. They say she remains isolated in a climate-controlled extended care area.