The Quarantine Quandary
By Becky Akers
This article appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of The Independent Review

In the spring of 2007, public-health officials sought to quarantine globetrotting groom Andrew Speaker, whom they believed (falsely, as was later shown) carried a severe form of tuberculosis. Although Speaker’s bureaucratic travails were relatively mild, recent legislation and executive orders have given government agencies broad authority to track down and quarantine suspected carriers of communicable diseases.

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