Thursday, October 30, 2014

California issues mandatory Ebola quarantine order that “applies to anyone”, possible criminal charges for violation

STATE OFFICIAL GEAR UP FOR FULL-ON OUTBREAK, MEDICAL MARTIAL LAW

BY SHEPARD AMBELLAS | INTELLIHUB.COM
330th Military Police train with L.A. Metro Police (Photo Credit: California National Guard/Flickr)
330th Military Police train with L.A. Metro Police (Photo Credit: California National Guard/Flickr)
LOS ANGELES — Although White House and State officials claim there is little to no chance that an Ebola outbreak will become a reality in America, the State of California moved forward with their plans Wednesday, issuing a new Ebola quarantine order.
In fact, California State Health Officer and California Department of Public Health(CDPH) Dir. Dr. Ron Chapman says that he took action to “prevent the spread of the disease” is California State.
Text from the California Department of Health’s website “14-189″ posted on Oct. 29, 2014, “applies to anyone” and reads:
“Today we’re establishing a statewide, standard protocol requiring some level of quarantine for those at highest risk of contracting and spreading Ebola,” said Dr. Chapman. “This order will protect the health and safety of Californians and support the state’s local health officers’ existing authority to develop protections against disease spread.”
The order, which applies to anyone traveling to California who has 1) traveled to California from an Ebola affected area; and 2) has had contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Ebola, requires those travelers to be quarantined for 21 days. A person traveling to this region that has not come into contact with a person with Ebola will not be subject to quarantine. An Ebola affected area is one determined as an active area by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which currently includes Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
While “specific requirements of an Ebola quarantine order” may vary based on the officer’s discretion, the order remains vague, leaving large loopholes and room for abuse.