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Should states have the right to detain someone with TB?

posted 5/19/2008 2:17:55 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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ThePurpleProphet

May 19 @ 2:30PM  
I say yes. Any disease that can be spread should be quarantined.
Ewe_Wish

May 19 @ 2:42PM  
Yes I believe they should be quarantined............in doing my paramedics degree in which I had to be tested for TB I found that people with full blown TB if left untreated kills half of the them. It is an easy disease to get if your around an infected person. According To the CDC (CDC Website)

TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The bacteria are put into the air when a person with active TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs or sneezes. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

When a person breathes in TB bacteria, the bacteria can settle in the lungs and begin to grow. From there, they can move through the blood to other parts of the body, such as the kidney, spine, and brain.

TB in the lungs or throat can be infectious. This means that the bacteria can be spread to other people. TB in other parts of the body, such as the kidney or spine, is usually not infectious.

People with active TB disease are most likely to spread it to people they spend time with every day. This includes family members, friends, and coworkers.

So you take a chance anytime you are in public............hell unless your a hermit you take a chance every time someone comes into your home.........so yes I think they should be quarantined against spreading it to others.
shyone_4u699

May 19 @ 3:00PM  
Absolutely. Each state should detain and incarcerate anyone charged/convicted of a crime punishable by an active sentence after conviction and should be held im jail after an arrest until such time as bond is posted or a trial has been completed. Each state has guidelines that address this issue along with other communicable diseases. Why should anything of this nature preclude the justice system from taking the appropriate action against an individual that has committed a crime.
kattoes

May 19 @ 3:03PM  
I believe it is the responsibility of the person who knowingly has active TB, to seek treatment, and not spread it. But, people often don't know, ignore, or even don't disclose that they have it.
Even when they go to emergency rooms for help.
I have been exposed on more occasion's than I care to count.
Where I worked before, I often only found out I had been exposed, weeks after, if the Hospitals, in NM. reordered an exam from me, and I arrived to find the patient was now in Quarantine.
Where I work now, the hospital will call and retest anyone who turns out to have come in contact with someone who then presents with active TB, in addition to regular 6 month tests. TB doesn't just affect your respiratory system, it can reside and damage other systems also.
sawduster

May 19 @ 3:19PM  
so there ya have it, how far do we let one persons rights infringe on everyone else to a healthy life. this goes for other infectious diseases as well. if they are a danger,then detain,quarantine, what ever it takes to stop it before it spreads. or did everyone but me miss a tv movie not long ago that dealt with a plane load of people who were exposed to a form of bird flu? and the idiots that refused to to let some little thing thing like a deadly disease they carried stop them from enjoying the liberty to kill a few more with it.
nexgentn

May 19 @ 4:24PM  
well that about sums it up! a resounding yes

your rights end at the point my rights begins.
slohand_47

May 20 @ 1:09AM  
Hell YES.
Keep in mind that this wasn't just a simple case of TB. The man that was quarantined (if we are speaking of the same person) had a case of TB that was resistant to many antibiotics and had to be treated as a special case. He was advised NOT to travel, and did so anyway, endangering many others.
We're not talking a dungeon here....... we're talking medical attention. Good for everyone here.

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Should states have the right to detain someone with TB?