Nurse at center of Ebola quarantine controversy says she’ll leave Maine town

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October 31, 2014: Kaci Hickox leaves her house to speak to reporters in Fort Kent, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A nurse who successfully fought an Ebola quarantine order is planning to leave a Maine town with her boyfriend and may move out of state.

Ted Wilbur says he and girlfriend Kaci Hickox will leave Fort Kent sometime after Monday, the last day of the disease’s 21-day incubation period.

Wilbur withdrew Friday from the University of Maine campus in Fort Kent, where he was a senior nursing student. Hickox said they were exploring the idea of relocating and looking at a new college — and noted that it would probably be outside Maine.

Wilbur says he was forced to stay away from campus while his girlfriend was in the news amid attempts to quarantine her after she returned from treating Ebola patient in West Africa.

But university officials contend he voluntarily agreed to stay off campus.

“I wish that his university had showed more leadership in all of this. I think they only fueled the flames of confusion and misinformation. That’s been really disappointing for us,” his girlfriend, Kaci Hickox, told The Associated Press.

Hickox contended there was no need to isolate her because she poses no symptoms of Ebola. A state judge sided with her when she challenged an order to isolate her after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

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