Federal Quarantine Powers and Bioterrorism
paul-finkelman at UTULSA.EDU
Mon Jul 24 17:54:26 PDT 2000
The question is, would Justices Thomas and Scalia find that microbes and viruses
affect interstate commerce?
Prof. Paul Finkelman
Visiting at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
July 5-August 3, 2000
10015 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 768-6671 (fax)
finkelma at lclark.edu
After August 3, University of Tulsa (918) 631-3706
"Richards, Edward P." wrote:
> Just got back from speaking and attending the International Conference on
> Emerging Infectious Diseases the CDC put on in Atlanta. Lots of interesting
> research. The hot button issue of the conference was bioterrorism and the
> potential federal and state responses.
> One point that intrigued me - the CDC is working on a policy statement about
> quarantine (of people) under Federal law. The director of the project (not a
> lawyer) told the audience that the FDA has the power to quarantine and block the
> interstate travel of people with communicable diseases.
> Any one know about the extent of this power? Is there a more general power of
> the federal government to quarantine individuals, other than those getting off
> ships? Must the individuals be in interstate travel, or could the feds
> quarantine on a local level?
> Edward P. Richards
> Executive Director - Center for Public Health Law
> Professor of Law
> University of Missouri Kansas City
> (816)235-2370 Fax (816)235-5276
> richardse at umkc.edu
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