NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A preliminary test for Ebola has come back negative for a health care worker who was quarantined in New Jersey after returning from West Africa and developing a fever, health officials said.
On Saturday, the New Jersey Department of Health said she remains under observation and in isolation at University Hospital in Newark.
Dallasnews.com published a piece Saturday afternoon that was written by the health care worker quarantined at University Hospital who tested negative for Ebola. The article’s editors note said that the woman wrote the piece with the help of Dr. Seema Yasmin, a Dallas Morning News staff writer.
The woman, identified by Dallasnews.com as nurse Kaci Hickox, said she felt she was made to feel like a criminal after disclosing that she had worked with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
“This is not a situation I would wish on anyone, and I am scared for those who will follow me,” she wrote. “…I am scared that, like me, they will arrive and see a frenzy of disorganization, fear and, most frightening, quarantine.”
Hickox goes on to write that her fever was only detected on a forehead scanner because she was flustered after being held for hours with little information, food and water.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says the nurse has a point.
“We have to look at every doctor, every nurse, every health care provider that volunteers their time to serve in these voluntary organizations as heroes,” she told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten.