October 27, 2014 | 1:27am
An Ebola nurse under mandatory quarantine in New Jersey fumed Sunday that she is being held in “inhumane” and “prison”-like conditions — and her lawyer vowed to file suit over her involuntary confinement.
Kaci Hickox told CNN’s “State of the Union” that she was stuck inside a tent without a shower or flushable toilet, despite having no symptoms and twice testing negative for the deadly virus after caring for patients in Sierra Leone.
Hickox, 33, also said she was being forced to wear paper scrubs, had no TV or reading materials, and was spending her time staring at the walls of the tent outside University Hospital in Newark,
“I am sure that we, as the United States, can come up with a fair and just policy for returning aid workers from Ebola-affected areas,” she said in an e-mail to The Post.
“But the policy enacted on me was no such policy. We must fix this now in order to ensure aid workers are protected so that this battle against Ebola in West Africa is won.”
Hickox, who was quarantined Friday, also told CNN she hasn’t been told how long she’ll be locked up, and started to cry when she described having no temperature or other symptoms of Ebola.
Hickox was forced to use this no-flush toilet during her quarantine hell.Photo: Kaci Hickox
Hickox said she felt “like my basic human rights have been violated,” adding: “To put me in prison is just inhumane.”
She later sent The Post a selfie taken with her smartphone from inside the tent.
Civil-rights lawyer Norman Siegel said holding Hickox against her will without any symptoms raised “serious constitutional and civil-liberties issues.
“We’re not going to dispute that the government has, under certain circumstances, the right to issue a quarantine,” Siegel told Reuters.
But, he added, “The policy is overly broad when applied to her.”
Mayor de Blasio also ripped her treatment, saying that “heroes should not be treated this way.”
“An individual who is a returning hero needs to be treated with deference and respect,” de Blasio said. “She should have been provided with an outpouring of support, and that obviously did not happen.”
On Sunday, the hospital said Hickox “has computer access, use of her cellphone, reading material (magazines, newspaper) and requested and has received takeout food and drink,” CNN reported.
Additional reporting by Bruce Golding