Marty Peace, MPH (Epidemiology), Senior Managing Partner
Well-publicized situations involving SARS and Influenza have resulted in several countries utilizing mass quarantine as a public health intervention for the first time in many generations. Quarantine separates persons who have been potentially exposed to an infectious agent (and thus at risk for disease) from the general community for the purposes of limiting potential transmission events. The widespread use of quarantine presents a number of planning and implementation challenges for national/regional governments. These include the location where the quarantine period would be spent, how the health status and the compliance of those in quarantine would be monitored, how their basic needs would be met, and whether those in quarantine would suffer economic consequences or social discrimination.