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Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine

Kaci HickoxState police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state's quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge's permission.

State officials were seeking a court order to detain Kaci Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.

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Nurse Kaci Hickox says she won't obey Maine's Ebola quarantine: I won’t be 'bullied by politicians'

Kaci HickoxNurse Kaci Hickox — who remains symptom-free after spending three days in a New Jersey isolation tent after flying home from Ebola-stricken West Africa — remains under quarantine at home in Maine, but for only another day, she tells TODAY's Matt Lauer.

"I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free,” said Hickox, who wouldn’t emerge from Maine’s 21-day voluntary quarantine until Nov. 10.

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Bacterial contamination in cosmetics eludes public eye

cosmetics bacterial contaminationThousands of cosmetic products teeming with bacteria are quietly pulled from store shelves every year.

These contaminated products threaten the lives of people with compromised immune systems, but experts say cosmetic firms do not publicly announce most recalls due to lax industry regulation.

Kutol Products Co., a cleaning product manufacturer, is responsible for two out of the seven major cosmetic recalls this year. In total, the Ohio-based company removed 4,500 units of two moisturizing lotions, Medline Skintegrity and KLM Hand & Body.

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Nurse quarantined in N.J. to be released

Nurse to be releasedIn a sudden reversal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday the state would release an American nurse who had been forcibly confined to a hospital isolation tent upon arrival from West Africa despite showing no signs of Ebola.

Kaci Hickox, 33, who works for Doctors Without Borders, was the first person pulled aside at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday under the new rules after her return from Sierra Leone, where she was working with Ebola patients.

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New paper Ebola test can detect strains within 30 minutes

Ebola testA team of synthetic biologists have developed a prototype paper test that they say can detect the presence of Ebola strains within 30 minutes, a development that could make the process of finding and containing the disease faster and more efficient.

The litmus-like test utilizes a technology that's popular in science labs called "cell free system," whereby cellular processes are replicated and observed in a test tube. To create the new Ebola test, researchers installed the cell free system on a strip of porous paper.

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White House Against Mandatory Quarantine

Ebola quarantineThe White House has told states that have imposed mandatory quarantines for some travelers from Ebola-hit West Africa that the policy could impede the fight against the disease, while the first health worker isolated under the rules plans to sue.

Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed in 21-day quarantine in a New Jersey hospital after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, will contest her quarantine in court, her attorney said on Sunday, arguing the order violates her constitutional rights.

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Ebola nurse 'made to feel like criminal' on return to US

Ebola nurse angryA nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has criticized her treatment under a mandatory 21-day quarantine policy implemented by three US states, in an article written in a New Jersey hospital where she remained in isolation despite testing negative for the virus on Saturday.

Kaci Hickox was placed in quarantine under a policy announced on Friday by New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo, which requires anyone flying into the states after having contact with Ebola sufferers in west Africa to be subject to mandatory isolation for 21 days, thought to be the disease’s maximum incubation period.

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