Quarantine and the Law: the 2003 SARS Experience in Canada

The authority to quarantine individuals was tested by the 2003 global outbreak of SARS. Quarantine was used during that time as a public health intervention tool to attempt to control the disease in Toronto. The outbreak put the public health preparedness of the Ontario legal system to the test. This article examines the legal issues related to the use of quarantine as a tool to control infectious disease outbreaks using the Ontario SARS epidemic as a case study.

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