The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the first update to its quarantine authority "for the first time since the 1940s," and analysts are concerned that it could erode citizens' civil liberties, NPR reports. "Under the old rules, the CDC's authority was primarily limited to detaining people entering the country or crossing state lines," the report states. The updated rules permit the CDC "to detain people anywhere in the country" without prior approval. Additionally, the agency would have the power to "apprehend people to assess their health if they are exhibiting medical problems such as a high fever, headache, cramps and other symptoms that could be indicative of a dangerous infectious disease." Ultimately, the CDC will be able to "target a much wider swath of persons to assess and screen," said Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University's James Hodge Jr.
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