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Obama hopes for 'science-based' decisions in Maine

The US President hopes medical officials in Maine will make "science-based decisions" on quarantines for healthcare workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, but has said it is up to individual states to determine their own policies.

President Barack Obama's comments come after Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from treating Ebola patients in west Africa, defied a state-ordered quarantine and went on a bike ride with her boyfriend.

Asked for reaction on the situation faced by nurse Kaci Hickox, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been in regular touch with public health officials in Maine.

Ebola nurse defies quarantine by going on bike ride

The US nurse who vowed to defy a quarantine order for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients went for a bike ride this morning, in defiance of a state quarantine placed on her.

In this NBC News video, Kaci Hickox is seen riding past reporters outside her boyfriend's home in Fort Kent, Maine.

Ms Hickox claims there is no need for quarantine because she is showing no symptoms and has threatened to sue over her treatment since she returned home from Africa.

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Ebola nurse defies quarantine for second time

A US nurse who vowed to defy a quarantine order for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients has left her home for a second time.

The house in Maine where Ms Hickox is staying. Credit: Reuters

Kaci Hickox is supposed to be staying at her boyfriend's house in the town of Fort Kent in Maine for 21 days but she was spotted going for a bike ride.

Local police monitored her but could not detain her without a court order.

Ms Hickox claims there is no need for quarantine because she is showing no symptoms and has threatened to sue over her treatment since she returned home from Africa.

She said she was not a risk as she had not come into contact with anyone and added: "I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me even though I am in perfectly good health."

Her lawyer Norman Siegel said she is not willing to co-operate further unless the state lifts "all or most of the restrictions", but state officials continue to assert that she should remain in isolation until November 10.

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