That's what last night's AP story
on Drew Speaker reported. True enough, and this case illustrates that local authority is still pretty much hit-or-miss. Maryland officials claimed not to have the authority to detain or quarantine him, but as the AP reports, many state and local jurisdictions do. Speaker was being kept in quarantine pursuant to a federal order -- the first in 44 years -- but that order lapsed Saturday night, when it was replaced by a local Denver order.
- CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination has some good information about the case.
- The ACLU has published some comments on the Speaker case. Although it says there is no indication that federal law has been violated by his quarantine, the group emphasizes the need to get judicial review of Speaker's continued detention. It also has links to its comments on the CDC's proposed rule on quarantining travelers (70 Fed. Reg. 71892-71948 (Nov. 30, 2005)).