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U.S. Laws Grant Broad Authority to Quarantine and Isolate People, But Fears of Being "Roped Off"

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U.S. Laws Grant Broad Authority to Quarantine and Isolate People, But Fears of Being "Roped Off" are Outdated, Experts Report

U.S. laws have been broadened to provide federal and state governments, agencies and the military broad authority to quarantine people exposed to infectious agents, and to isolate those who have become infected. But it is unclear in some cases when military authority might preempt federal or state supervision of such efforts. The U.S. situation was further complicated after the World Health Organization was granted the authority to investigate public health emergencies across national boundaries, experts said at a 10 September 2008 panel discussion organized by the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy and the Henry L. Stimson Global Health Security Program.


By AAAS USA.


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