"Ongoing threats of bioterrorism events, communicable disease outbreaks and pandemic influenza necessitate periodic review and updating of public health isolation and quarantine measures to prevent community transmission of infectious agents. Isolation means the separation of infected persons to prevent transmission to others during the period of communicability. Quarantine means the separation or limitation of freedom of movement of well persons who are suspected to have been exposed to an infectious agent to allow cases that may develop to be promptly identified, isolated and treated, therefore minimizing risk for community transmission. Quarantine duration is based upon the incubation period of the infectious agent. In both isolation and quarantine scenarios, persons caring for infectious or potentially infectious individuals must take precautions to minimize their risk of infection. This plan defines roles and responsibilities for operationalizing isolation and quarantine plans in the event of a severe outbreak of a communicable disease. It is based on the experience of public health officials, and will serve as a template for outbreak situations of varying magnitude. It also assumes that the clinical aspect of operations will be managed according to the protocols employed by the Communicable Disease and Epidemiology and Tuberculosis Sections."
Seattle and King County Department of Public Health
Seattle and King County Department of Public Health: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/