President Obama Asks "Dignity and Respect" For Ebola Healthcare Workers

Officials in Maine threaten court action if nurse Kaci Hickox violates self-quarantine.
1:44 | 10/30/14

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Now, to ebola this evening. President Obama calling for, quote, dignity and respect for those health care workers fighting the disease on the front lines in west Africa. Calling them heroes. And this evening, that American nurse recently back from west Africa. We saw her quarantined behind that plastic. Now, back in Maine, self-quarantined there on her couch. She's now putting authorities on notice this evening. If she's not allowed to leave her home motorrow. ABC's Linzie Janis in Maine. Reporter: Tonight, Kaci Hickox holed up inside this house. Now issuing an ultimatum in an interview with ABC news. If these restrictions are not removed for me from the state of Maine by tomorrow morning, Thursday morning, I will go to court to attain my freedom. Reporter: But Maine is determined to keep Hickox in quarantine for 21 days. Even though she isn't sick. Kaci is inside this white house her boyfriend. Across the street, a state police officer, send here by the governor's office to monitor her movements. But tonight, residents of this tiny town are angry and scared. In fact, ten people canceled surge rims at the local hospital, worried Hickox would get sick and show up. The police chief telling us his phone is ringing off the hook. Should she stay in her house and be quarantined just to ease people's fears in this community? We would appreciate that and I would like to have that conversation with her. If, in fact, I have the opportunity. That's what I will say, can you just understand where we're coming from? Reporter: But David, tonight, the state of Maine gearing up for a fight, preparing a court order to force Hickox to stay quarantined. David? Linzie, thank you.

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