New CDC Quarantine Rules Would Enhance Agency’s Ability To Contain Outbreaks, Some Experts Say, But Raise Fears Among Others

FrontPageAfrica: Center For Disease Control New Laws May Restrict Liberian Travelers
“…Travelers from Liberia including business owners and aid agencies could come under immense scrutiny should another Ebola-like communicable disease hit the country under a new and more robust regulation being undertaken by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control (CDC). The new CDC regulation is going to put enormous pressure on who the CDC allows to enter the United States…” (2/2).

NPR: CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks
“…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…” (Stein, 2/2).

NPR: New Quarantine Authority Gives CDC More Power To Stop Outbreaks
“…When Ebola broke out three years ago in West Africa, an old public health tool proved key — quarantine. It can help contain the spread of a deadly disease. Of course, the act of detaining someone, possibly against their will, can be controversial. That’s why a move expanding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s quarantine powers has people paying attention in the public health world and beyond, as NPR’s Rob Stein reports…” Stein speaks with Lawrence O. Gostin of Georgetown University and Wendy Parmet of Northeastern University (Shapiro/Stein, 2/2).

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