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Should states have the right to detain someone with TB?

posted 6/12/2007 4:27:45 PM |
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With all the latest in the news concerning a certain TB patient, and all the fear it has caused, should states have a right to detain someone with TB? Right now each governor does have the ability to quarantine, but the circumstances around it about how it's done, and for how long is tailored for each state according to a spokeswoman for state health departments. What are your thoughts on this topic?

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Jun 12 @ 4:44PM  
I forgot to offer my thoughts on this in my own blog. I think whenever it's first learned that anyone has TB the state should come in and isolate you and provide treatments until you're no longer a risk to others.

Jun 12 @ 4:44PM  
It cannot be expected that anyone is traveling without some form of germs in their body. Even a "healthy" person could be carrying a disease that is unfamiliar to a region.

However, the issue is not about avoiding individual cases of the disease. It is about avoiding epidemics and pandemics.

If the disease in question is something that is so virulent it would cause illness wherever a carrier went, then of course it would be necessary to take precautions. But if you are talking about most diseases, it will probably never be an issue. It's an issue for the CDC to address, not for people to panic over.

Jun 12 @ 4:54PM  
The CDC doesn't do a great job of addressing most diseases, so I don't take a lot of stock in their preventative action.

The guy should have been quaranteened (sic), plain and simple. This country needs to remember to exercise the greater good clause more often.

However, I am glad this happened only to see his wife interviewed with him in that mask. It is like watching a sequel to Howard the Duck!

Jun 12 @ 5:25PM  
Shawn,from what I read about it,this person knew he had this illness,and knew it was highly contagoius; and in fact avoided detainment. I don't think his illness is curable from the accounts I read about it.

Jun 12 @ 5:37PM  
I agree with you Shawn but I also think that once the state has detained someone for any kind of illness such as TB that they should be monitored more carefully so as to not get out in public like this guy did and take the chance of infecting other people. We had 5 people here in Tn. that had to be checked because they were on one of the flights that this guy was on. Good blog and a kudo my friend.

Jun 12 @ 6:00PM  
As highly contagious as TB is, and as untreatable as that strain is, DAMN STRAIGHT!!! It is no different from the SARS containments a few years ago. To infringe upon one persons rights to protect the health and safety of possibly thousands? No question about it!

Jun 12 @ 7:52PM  
Afraid I have to jump on the yes bandwagon on this one. Some things you don't play with.

Jun 12 @ 9:54PM  
Life threatening diseases are like fire- play with it long enough without safe guards and you get burnt!!

Jun 13 @ 2:47AM  
Hey Shawn,

By all means I think someone with ANY drug resistant strain of virus should be detained and treated. I know that if we didn't have this type of confinement for ill and contagious people a pandemic of proportions unimaginable could ravage society and get out of control very quickly. It is nessessary to isolate and treat this type of illness as to not infect ourselves and our friends and Loved ones.

Jun 13 @ 10:05AM  
That's pretty much the accepted way of doing things. It's when states or States decide ideas are deseases that must be contained that we have the real rights violations.

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Should states have the right to detain someone with TB?