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  • 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.”

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