Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FORMER FDA OFFICIAL WARNS OF “SPOOKY SCENARIOS” IF EBOLA HITS U.S.


CDC could implement indefinite quarantine, says doctor
Former FDA Official Warns of "Spooky Scenarios" if Ebola Hits U.S.
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by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON AUGUST 12, 2014
Forme  FDA official Scott Gottlieb, M.D. warns that under current CDC procedures, healthy Americans who show no symptoms of the virus could be detained indefinitely if Ebola hits the United States.
In an article for Forbes entitled If Ebola Arrives In The U.S., Stopping It May Rely On Controversial Tools, Gottlieb, former Director of Medical Policy Development for the Food and Drug Administration, asserts that Ebola is likely to arrive in the U.S. and that if it does the CDC will invoke powers to “hold a healthy person against his will.”
“Given the deadly nature of the Ebola virus, and the popular worry it’s likely to engender, one can expect the CDC and health authorities to pull out all the stops. The response could include invocation of the CDC’s evolving quarantine authorities,” writes Gottlieb, noting the CDC’s “sweeping authority to hold and isolate Americans in a public health emergency.”The doctor points to CDC provisions which we first highlighted last month which allow for the forcible quarantine of “well persons” as well as those who “do not show symptoms” of the virus.
“The set of regulations also included a new “provisional quarantine” rule that would have allowed CDC to detain people involuntarily for up to three days, with no mechanism for appeal,” writes Gottlieb, adding, “You don’t have to be sick to be detained.”

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