CDC Quietly Published New Rules for Quarantine & Isolation on Last Day of Obama’s Presidency
On the last day of the Obama administration, the CDC quietly published a new set of rules that can force travelers into quarantine or isolation if they are suspected of contracting a contagious disease.
The rules were released under the Federal Registrar on the last day of the Obama Administration, 1/19/2017, and took effect on February 21, 2017.
Despite public concern that the new rules would introduce forced vaccination practices, the CDC insisted it would not “compel vaccination or medical treatment.”
Many public comments expressed concern that these updated regulations sought to compel medical treatment or vaccination without patient consent…HHS/CDC does not seek to compel vaccination or medical treatment. In keeping with current practice, HHS/CDC recommends certain vaccines for post-exposure prophylaxis and individuals may choose to follow these recommendations as they deem appropriate.
Under these new rules, the CDC warrants quarantine and isolation for diseases like SARS, influenza viruses, viral hemorrhagic fever viruses, but again emphasizes that forced vaccination won’t be implemented:
These quarantinable communicable diseases are currently limited to cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis (TB), plague, smallpox, yellow fever, and viral hemorrhagic fevers (such as Marburg, Ebola, Lassa fever, and Crimean-Congo), severe acute respiratory syndromes, and influenza caused by novel or re-emergent influenza viruses that are causing or have the potential to cause a pandemic. See Executive Order 13295 (April 4, 2003), as amended by Executive Order 13375 (April 1, 2005) and Executive Order 13674 (July 31, 2014). Changes to the list of quarantinable communicable diseases are beyond the scope of this regulation. And again, we reemphasize that HHS/CDC does not intend, through these regulations, to mandate vaccination or compulsory medical treatment of individuals.