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Old 02-03-2017, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks


Under the old rules, the CDC's authority was primarily limited to
detaining travelers entering the U.S. or crossing state lines. With
the new rules, the CDC would be able to detain people anywhere
in the country, without getting approval from state and local
officials.
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Federal health officials may be about to get greatly enhanced powers to quarantine people, as part of an ongoing effort to stop outbreaks of dangerous contagious diseases.

The new powers are outlined in a set of regulations the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published late last month to update the agency's quarantine authority for the first time since the 1940s.

The outlined changes are being welcomed by many health lawyers, bioethicists and public health specialists as providing important tools for protecting the public. But the CDC's increased authority is also raising fears that the rules could be misused in ways that violate civil liberties.

The update was finalized at the end of the Obama administration and was scheduled to go into effect Feb. 21. But the Trump administration is reviewing the changes as part of its review of new regulations. So the soonest the changes could go into effect has been pushed to the end of March.
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:43 PM   #2
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Mandatory quarantines are never going to be anything but contentious. There is indeed a delicate balance between protecting the wider community & infringing on individual rights. Clear guidelines - for examples what symptoms might mandate quarantine based on what suspected outbreak, especially combined with knowledge of outbreaks outside the country...

But I'm pretty sure we have a lot of those specifics in place already.
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Erosion of State's Rights.
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I wonder how the judge who ruled against Trump's executive order would tule on this?
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