The Wall Street Journal: In Ebola cases, new focus on power to control travel
The Wall Street Journal - 10/15/2014
Before interstate highways and air travel, the federal government would use its authority to set up quarantine stations along U.S. rivers and detain sick people traveling between states, Wendy Parmet, a public-health law professor at Northeastern University in Boston, said. But in modern times, that authority scarcely has been used.
“This shows part of the potential flaws in our system,” she said. “It really depends on things working well and on local and state folks having very robust public health infrastructures.”