Expert: Examining Quarantine Laws When It Comes to the Ebola Virus
October 2, 2014
Law professor available to speak regarding laws surrounding quarantine and the Ebola
Jennifer Bard, a professor of law and the Director of the Health Law Program at Texas
Tech University, has written about the quarantine laws involved with the recent announcement
that the Ebola virus has been found in a patient in Dallas. Not only has that patient
been quarantined at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, but the paramedics who transported
him to the hospital were quarantined while being tested for the virus. They tested
Jennifer Bard, Allison professor in the School of Law at Texas Tech University, director
of the Health Law Program and an adjunct associate professor in the department of
psychiatry at the Texas Tech School of Medicine, is available to speak regarding laws
surrounding quarantine and the Ebola virus. Bard is a regular contributor to PrawfsBlawg
and has recently written an entry on the subject matter. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bard said the recent Ebola diagnosis provides a great opportunity to throw a legal
spotlight on the laws of quarantine and isolation.
- As a matter of constitutional law, the president of the United States can take any
measure necessary to protect the nation's security or interstate commerce. But only
individual states have the power to take action addressing health issues that do not
threaten the safety of the country as a whole.
- “While Ebola itself is low on the list of the scariest diseases we in the U.S. risk
catching, it is interesting to see how quickly it happened given that estimates only
a few weeks ago were that the probability was no more than 25 percent.”
- “Individual states, but not the federal government, retain ‘police power' to promote
the health of their citizens even in the absence of a threat to others.”