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Public Health Law and Ethics: Lessons from SARS and Quarantine   [open pdf - 59KB]

"The 2003 global outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was an abrupt reminder that infectious diseases pose a continuing threat to human health. In 1967, U.S. Surgeon General W.H. Stewart had optimistically declared 'it was time to close the book on infectious diseases.' SARS proved that wrong. Outside Asia, Canada was the country hardest hit by SARS. The outbreak took 44 lives in our country, threatened many others and created numerous challenges for public health officials and the acute health care system. In particular, SARS highlighted serious deficiencies in public health infrastructure and preparedness. As in other countries, officials in Canada were required to weigh the legalities and ethics of various interventions to control the spread of the disease, including quarantine."

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2004-01-01?
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Health Law Review (January 1, 2004), v.13 no.1
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