The nurse currently quarantined in New Jersey is an employee for the Centers for Disease Control and a registered Democrat with a history of left-wing advocacy, Gotnews.com has learned.
Kaci Hickox’s ties to the CDC were not disclosed in a controversial anti-quarantine column she wrote for the Dallas Morning News. The CDC opposes quarantines or travel bans from Ebola infected countries.
Initially turned down for Doctors Without Borders, Hickox applied for a position with the Centers for Disease Control’s infectious disease unit. She received that position and began a two-year fellowship in Las Vegas, NV where she currently still works.
Hickox’s travels as a nurse took her to Myanmar, Cambodia, and Nigeria and convinced her of the importance of quarantines and “health surveillance,” according to the University of Texas-Arlington newsmagazine. “I realize that we need to find better ways to improve health surveillance and outbreak response in settings with poor resources,” Hickox said. “My training in the EIS with the CDC will allow me to learn the gold standard of this kind of work.”
But Hickox, who is a registered Democrat in Nevada, is ignoring health surveillance as she pushes back against a mandatory quarantine for persons working with ebola in West Africa.
Doctors Without Borders — where Hickox worked for a year, according to her LinkedIn— has already had nine deaths from Ebola and more than sixteen infections but Hickox is complaining about being detained under a mandatory 21-day quarantine.
It's 24 infected, 13 dead. http://t.co/nBUOIrF8ls
— WvK (@WillvonKaenel) October 26, 2014
She co-wrote an anti-pharmaceutical industry op-ed for the Baltimore Sun and advocated against policies that would have developed life-saving drugs. Instead, she called on Johns Hopkins to make all discoveries accessible to the poor. In so arguing, she deprived drug companies of a market and therefore an incentive to develop drugs aimed at Third World populations.
“We ask that new drugs developed from publicly-funded research be made available and affordable to the world’s most vulnerable,” Hickox wrote with several other students. “Without such a policy, our knowledge is only being shared with the wealthy.”
Hichox’s employer, the CDC, strenuously opposes a travel ban or quarantine but Hickox’s employment wasn’t disclosed in the Dallas Morning News article.
Left-wing journalists like Ben Smith of BuzzFeed are already spinning about the terrible politics of a travel ban.
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) October 26, 2014