Kaci Hickox: Public Health and the Politics of Fear

Steven H. Miles

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Kaci Hickox was a nurse who worked with persons who were infected with Ebola in West Africa. When she returned to the United States, the governors of New Jersey and Maine intervened to confine her to inpatient quarantine despite the fact that she was asymptomatic and had no serological evidence of infection. She defied the quarantine which resulted in enormous public attention and discussion of quarantine and public fear. This article summarizes the case discussing the history of the case, the government actions, and the final legal rulings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-19
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Bioethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015


  • Ebola
  • communicable disease
  • hemorrhagic fever
  • medical ethics
  • nursing ethics
  • professional ethics
  • quarantine

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