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(NEWSER) – Kaci Hickox had "spent a month watching children die, alone," in Sierra Leone, where the 33-year-old nurse was working with Ebola patients with Doctors Without Borders. On Friday, she flew into New Jersey's Newark airport—and straight into a bureaucratic quagmire that underscores the nation's struggle to respond to and contain the outbreak of the virus.

Writing for the Dallas Morning News, Hickox describes six hours of questioning and cooling her heels at Newark, until a forehead scanner recorded her temp at 101 degrees—reversing an earlier normal reading "because I was flushed and upset," writes Hickox. She was then sent to the hospital. "Eight police cars escorted me," she writes. "Sirens blared, lights flashed. Again, I wondered what I had done wrong."

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