State troopers and a television reporter stand across from the home where Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, is staying, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. Hickox said Wednesday she plans to stop quarantining herself in rural Maine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials preparing to legally enforce the quarantine. She said she'll defy the state if the policy isn't changed by Thursday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in US

She vowed to Maine’s voluntary quarantine and followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.

Patient Nina Pham speaks outside of National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Federal officials: Dallas nurse free of Ebola

Nurse Nina Pham said she felt “fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” as she left the National Institutes of Health’s hospital outside Washington.