Quarantine has been used for centuries in an effort to prevent the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases. While backed by legal authority, the public and even the health care worker community's understanding of the term is murky at best and scientific evidence to support the use of quarantine is frequently lacking. The multiple interpretations and references to quarantine, the inconsistent application of public health quarantine laws across jurisdictional boundaries, and reports of ineffectiveness are further complicated by associated infringement of civil liberties and human rights abuses. Given the need to balance public safety with human rights, we must be more precise about the meaning of quarantine and consider the efficacy and negative secondary effects resulting from its implementation. This article explains quarantine terminology and then uses a case study from Taiwan during the severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS outbreak to illustrate the key principles associated with quarantine measures taken during the Ebola outbreak and the potential hazards that can arise from quarantines.
Ebola: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak — Nigeria, July–September
The killer: A "hot" virus, a highly contagious and deadly microbe that has never been seen before, and has no known cure. In Zaire and western Sudan five hundred and fifty people reported the horrible disease. Of the five hundred and fifty reported three hundred and forty innocent people died. Again in Ebola reportedly broke out in Zaire, this time infecting over two hundred and killing one hundred and sixty.
Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak, what is Ebola virus?
When faced with an outbreak of a pathogen with no known treatments, we are forced to rely on the pharmaceutical industry to develop interventions to curb these potential disasters. This case study analyzes how the industry responded to the Ebola outbreak, and how it compares and contrasts to the current COVID outbreak. View source version on businesswire.