Get ready America, TPTB are beginning to reveal their plan: If Ebola Arrives In The U.S., Stopping It May Rely On Controversial Tools
Given the scope of the Ebola outbreak unfolding in Western Africa, it seems possible that a case will eventually emerge in the U.S.
We could even see an isolated cluster of infections in an American city.
Yet given the deadly nature of the Ebola virus, and the popular worry it’s likely to engender, one can expect the CDC and health authorities to pull out all the stops. The response could include invocation of the CDC’s evolving quarantine authorities.
These federal powers comprise a set of rules that gives CDC sweeping authority to hold and isolate Americans in a public health emergency. These authorities haven’t been fully updated in decades. They’ve only been amended in piecemeal fashion to deal with modern threats like SARS and MERS. In advance of what may be a very public test of these powers, the collected scheme deserves closer scrutiny.
The regulations also defined “ill person” to include anyone with the signs or symptoms commonly associated with the diseases in question. This gave CDC more flexibility in deciding whom to quarantine by capturing a broader and earlier range of symptoms as the basis for holding an individual. It allowed for greater exercise of discretion public health officials and those staffing quarantine stations.
In other words, you don’t have to be sick to be detained. Just suspected by health officials of having been in contact with someone who might have had the disease.
The regulations say a person “may be detained for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary.” Is that three days or thirty? There are no rules.
If Ebola does arrive in the U.S., quarantine will be a primary tool for preventing its further spread. While mass detentions are unlikely given the nature of how Ebola spreads, one day perhaps soon we will be confronted with an equally deadly pathogen, but one that spreads far more easily. Whether its SARS or MERS or some yet undiagnosed illness, the principal tool for thwarting spread will be the ability of public health officials to isolate those exposed, and maybe keep them in quarantine.
Some serious public health events that endanger international public health may be determined under the Regulations to be public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC). The term Public Health Emergency of International Concern is defined in the IHR (2005) as “an extraordinary event which is determined, as provided in these Regulations:
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