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Some ocurrences that impact public health are a direct result of agents or situations created by a human being, such as bioterrorist weapon like anthrax, an oil spill, or a host of other categories and situations. This page deals with the legal implications and laws that are associated with these incidents.

State Laws

The Health Policy Tracking Service (HPTS), State Quarantine and Isolation Laws.
A summary review of state laws regarding state authority for quarantine and isolation in the event of a bioterrorist attack. Report prepared by The Health Policy Tracking Service (HPTS) at iNETSCAN Publishing, Inc.
(Posted: October 2002)

Arizona State Legislature, Enhanced Surveillance Advisory.
A revised statute that authorizes information sharing during an enhanced surveillance advisory when a local health or health safety authority learns of a threat of bioterrorism or of a suspicious disease.
(Posted: 03/31/2004)

Nevada State legisture, NRS Title 40. Chapter 441A.125.
A revised statute that authorizes the use of syndromic reporting and active surveillance to monitor public health during major events. The revised section became effective July 1 2003.
(Posted: 03/31/2004)

Nevada State legisture, NRS 450B Sec180.
A revised statute that relates to the certification and authority of emergency medical technicians, and specifies the completion of instruction in syndromic surveillance and reporting as one of the requirements for certificate renewal.
(Posted: 03/31/2004)

Local Laws

LA County Department of Health Services Public Health, Joint Bioterrorism Investigation Memorandum of Understanding.


The City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Cover sheet: Joint Bioterrorism Investigation Memorandum of Understanding.

The City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Joint Bioterrorism Investigation Memorandum of Understanding.

Articles and Reports

Heather H. Horton, et al., "Critical Biological Agents: Disease Reporting as a Tool for Determining Bioterrorism Preparedness", Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 30, 262-266 (2002).
(Posted: Ocober 2002)

General Accounting Office, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: Defense Threat Reduction Agency Addresses Broad Range of Threats, but Performance Reporting Can Be Improved, February 2004.
A legal guidebook for dealing with the various aspects of mass destruction incidents and emergencies.
(Posted: 03/01/2004)
 
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