PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine nurse who defied quarantine attempts after treating Ebola patients in West Africa is looking forward to passing the 21-day incubation mark for the virus by going to a restaurant with her boyfriend.

But Kaci Hickox concedes she's concerned with how she'll be received.

Monday will mark the 21st day from Hickox's last exposure to an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone. On Tuesday, she'll no longer require daily monitoring for Ebola symptoms.

The nurse was thrust into the national spotlight when she was quarantined in New Jersey. Maine later sought restrictions as well.

Hickox, a Texas native, said she wouldn't let her experiences deter her from returning to West Africa in the future. She said she would "return to Sierra Leone in a heartbeat."

(Story by: The Associated Press)


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