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From SARS to Ebola: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Modern Quarantine


Mark A. Rothstein


University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

January 9, 2015

Indiana Health Law Review, vol.12, no.1, 2015 Forthcoming
University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2015-03

Abstract:     
Quarantine remains an important part of the strategy for containing infectious diseases, especially when there is no vaccine or demonstrably effective treatment. Experience with SARS and, more recently, Ebola indicate that quarantine is fraught with ethical challenges. In the United States, legislation authorizing quarantine has been enacted in every state, and these laws have been upheld by the Supreme Court. The problems have been in identifying when quarantine is necessary and in implementation. The following ethical principles should guide public health officials in deciding whether and how to impose a quarantine: (1) necessity, effectiveness, and scientific rationale; (2) proportionality and least infringement; (3) humane supportive services; and (4) public justification.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 54

Keywords: quarantine, SARS, ebola, public health, isolation, health law, bioethics, epidemics

JEL Classification: K31, K32


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Date posted: June 16, 2015  

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Rothstein, Mark A., From SARS to Ebola: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Modern Quarantine (January 9, 2015). Indiana Health Law Review, vol.12, no.1, 2015 Forthcoming; University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2015-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2499701 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2499701

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Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)
University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )
Louisville, KY 40202
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics
University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )
Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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