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Driven by FearEpidemics and Isolation in San Francisco's House of Pestilence$
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Guenter B. Risse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039843

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039843.001.0001

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(p.191) Epilogue
Driven by Fear

Guenter B. Risse

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter turns to more recent threats to public health—new epidemics such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), as well as a contemporary resurgence of bioterror. With national security at risk, governments like the United States had begun to consider measures to counter such potential dangers in an era of rapid globalization and political unrest. Prominent among them were medical and public health provisions designed to counter the spread of lethal microorganisms. Under such circumstances, the traditional subject of quarantine and isolation acquired new importance. Given the near impossibility of initially distinguishing persons at risk from those already exposed, balancing the rights of the uninfected with the rights of the infected reemerged as a critical issue.

Keywords:   SARS, bioterror, globalization, political unrest, public health, quarantine, isolation, human rights

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