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Some Travelers, Health Care Workers In NY Being Actively Monitored For Signs Of Ebola

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A nurse from Maine who recently returned from West Africa where she treated Ebola patients has broken her quarantine.

Kaci Hickox went for a bike ride with her boyfriend in Fort Kent, CBS 2 reported.

State troopers followed, but did not try to stop her because they did not have a judge's permission to do so.

"This is something my partner and I like to do. Since we moved here this has been our trail," she said.

Maine Governor Paul LePage said that the troopers were there for her protection.

Hickox was quarantined inside of a New Jersey hospital tent after landing. Officials said that she had developed a fever.

She has twice tested negative for Ebola and called the order to stay in isolation a violation of her civil rights.

In Switzerland 120 volunteers will receive an experimental Ebola vaccine as part of the largest human test trial.

The healthy volunteers will be monitored for two weeks before being sent as medical staff to fight the epidemic in west Africa.

Researchers hope the trial will determine if the vaccine is safe and that the dosage is correct.

On Thursday night, the word from the New York City Health Commissioner was that 117 New Yorkers were being actively monitored for signs of the Ebola virus.

In a one-on-one interview with CBS 2's Maurice Dubois, Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett explained what it means to be on the Ebola watch list.

"Somebody reaches out to them, calls them up, and asks them to record their temperature. This is done typically twice a day," she said.

She said that the vast majority of those are travelers returning from West Africa.

Also being monitored are Bellevue Hospital staff members who treated Dr. Craig Spencer, the only New Yorker diagnosed with Ebola, and the emergency workers who transported him.

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