SARS Added to U.S. Quarantinable Communicable Diseases List
April 14, 2003
On April 4, President Bush signed an executive order adding Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to the government's list of quarantinable communicable diseases. It is the first addition to the list in 20 years. The action permits public health officials to apprehend or detain persons suspected of having SARS, although no one is suggesting that will be necessary. The complete list of quarantinable diseases is: SARS; cholera; diphtheria; infectious TB; plague; smallpox; yellow fever; and suspected viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Lassa, Marburg, Ebola, Congo-Crimean, and others not yet isolated or named.
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