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10/26/2014 05:21 pm ET Updated Oct 28, 2014

Quarantined Nurse Kaci Hickox Plans To File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Confinement

Oct 26 (Reuters) - A nurse held in quarantine for Ebola monitoring in New Jersey plans to file a federal lawsuit challenging her confinement as a violation of her civil rights, her lawyer told Reuters on Sunday.

Norman Siegel, a well-known civil rights lawyer, said that Kaci Hickox's confinement after she returned from West Africa raised "serious constitutional and civil liberties issues," given that she remains asymptomatic and has not tested positive for Ebola.

"We're not going to dispute that the government has, under certain circumstances, the right to issue a quarantine," he said. "The policy is overly broad when applied to her." (Reporting by Joseph Ax; Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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