reply to post by kimish
Here is the language that you should be concerned with:
Communicable disease" means HIV, including AIDS,
hepatitis in any form, meningococcal disease, tuberculosis, measles,
mumps, varicella disease, pneumonic plague, viral hemorrhagic fevers,
rabies, cutaneous anthrax, pertussis, rubella, severe acute respiratory
syndrome (SARS-CoV), smallpox, vaccinia and other selected agents as
the secretary may define by rule and regulation.
So as you can see, HIV including aids is only transmitted by either direct sexual contact or by blood. All Hepatitis is also by blood. Meningococcal
is through saliva. Tuberculosis is airborn, as is mumps, measles, rubella, SARS, smallpox, anthrax and pneumomia. Rabies you have to be bit.
Vaccinia you have to be in contact with the actual fluid. Viral Hemorrhagic fevers, well lets just say that is via air and fluid.
But what is most disturbing, and this is something that you should look at is the last bit: and other selected agents as the secretary may define by
rule and regulation. That means if the secretary defines say Flu as an agent, then it would require that a person be quarintined till they are better.
What many fail to see is if they go by standards of quarintine, then the question should be asked at what level of quarintine would a person be placed
under. There are currently 4 levels of biosafety that is standard and used by the CDC and any other research facility. So this should give you
pause and thought, that if the are covering all 4 levels with what is stated here, that means that any sickness could be declared for such.
Here is the break down as per the CDC and the biohazard levels:
Hepatitius, small pox, Vaccinia, Mumps, measles, rubella and pneumonia, meningoccal and HIV is considered to be level 2.
Rabies, TB, Anthrax, and SARS is level 3.
Small pox, some of the Vaccina, and Viral Hemorrahgic fevers are considered to be level 4.
So there you have it, if the secretary determines that a disease is say at a biolevel 2 or greater, then he/she could determine that such would
require a quarintine. And Chickenpox is a level 2 disease, as is the influenze virus.