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.

Becky Akers is an independent writer who lives in New York City.
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