Federal actions reflect limited role in quarantine
Boston Globe - 10/31/2014
The US government has limited authority to quarantine or override a state’s decision to impose one. While federal officials can isolate people entering the country or traveling between states, few cases exist.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t have a presence in all 50 states all the time,” said Wendy Parmet, a professor of health policy and law at Northeastern University’s Law School. “It’s really up to the state to decide whether or not to quarantine.”