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Which diseases do people need to be quarantined or put in isolation for?

The list of diseases for which quarantine or isolation is authorized is specified in an Executive Order of the President. This list includes:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • infectious tuberculosis
  • plague
  • smallpox
  • yellow fever
  • viral hemorrhagic fevers (Lassa, Marburg, Ebola, Crimean-Congo, South American and others not yet isolated or named)
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
  • influenza caused by novel or reemergent influenza viruses that are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic.

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