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As the Ebola outbreak continues to cause concern, President Barack Obama has signed an amendment to an executive order that would allow him to mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who merely show signs of “respiratory illness.”
The executive order, titled Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases, amends executive order 13295, passed by George W. Bush in April 2003, which allows for the, “apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.”
The amendment signed by Obama replaces subsection (b) of the original Bush executive order which referred only to SARS
(b) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
(SARS), which is a disease associated
with fever and signs and symptoms of
pneumonia or other respiratory ill-
ness, is transmitted from person to
person predominantly by the aero-
solized or droplet route, and, if spread
in the population, would have severe
public health consequences.
"(b) Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled. This subsection does not apply to influenza."
originally posted by: brandiwine14
Since they say Ebola is not respiratory and they apparently could care less about TB, just what in the hell are they afraid of?
originally posted by: Britster1821
Oh good...I had a bad case of pneumonia earlier this year, and still carry a cough. I still have to use my nebulizer from time to time too...Not only that, but it's now considered chronic pneumonia, since I've had it 4 times in 7 years.
Would I be considered for detainment?
"I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. … When one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That's me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway." --Joe Biden, providing handy tips to protect against the swine flu and freaking us out, "Today Show" interview, April 30, 2009
originally posted by: intrepid
I could be wrong but ebola can be spread through the respiratory system, while not being a respiratory illness.
Person-to-person transmission occurs via close personal contact with an infected individual or their body fluids during the late stages of infection or after death...
SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days (23). Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4°C for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70°C (6, 20). Infectivity can be preserved by lyophilisation.