Got Flu? Get Detained & Quarantined

The great flu outbreak that was predicted to kill millions or even a billion people this winter has fizzled out and flu season has pretty much ended for the Northern Hemisphere. That didn't stop Bush from issuing Executive Order 13375 on April 1, which adds flu to the list of illnesses that can get a person apprehended, detained and quarantined. The key words in the executive order are "have the potential to cause a pandemic." Almost any flu virus has the potential to cause a pandemic. A pandemic is an epidemic which covers a wide area. Every year the flu infects tens of millions around the world - which is a pandemic.

Don't worry, we haven't heard of anyone being rounded up because they might have the flu. However, the fact that Bush created an Executive Order covering the flu is ominous. Perhaps they are expecting a serious outbreak of more dangerous flu or will need a plausible excuse to detain large numbers of people.

Executive Order 13375 of April 1, 2005

Amendment to Executive Order 13295 Relating to Certain Influenza Viruses and Quarantinable Communicable Diseases

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 361(b) of the Public Health
Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264(b)), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Surgeon General, and for the purpose set forth
in section 1 of Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003, section 1 of such order is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:

``(c) Influenza caused by novel or reemergent influenza viruses that are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic.''.

Sec. 2. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

(Presidential Sig.)

THE WHITE HOUSE

Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 361(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264(b)), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the ``Secretary''), in consultation with the Surgeon General, and for the purpose of specifying certain communicable diseases for regulations providing for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases, the following communicable diseases are hereby specified pursuant to section 361(b) of the Public Health Service Act:

(a) Cholera; Diphtheria; infectious Tuberculosis; Plague; Smallpox; Yellow Fever; and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (Lassa, Marburg, Ebola, Crimean-Congo, South American, and others not yet isolated or named).

(b) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which is a disease associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, is transmitted from person to person predominantly by the aerosolized or droplet route, and, if spread in the population, would have severe public health consequences.

Sec. 2. The Secretary, in the Secretary's discretion, shall determine whether a particular condition constitutes a communicable disease of the type specified in section 1 of this order.

Sec. 3. The functions of the President under sections 362 and 364(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 265 and 267(a)) are assigned to the Secretary.

Sec. 4. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit enforceable at law or equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 5. Executive Order 12452 of December 22, 1983, is hereby revoked.


[signed:] George W. Bush

THE WHITE HOUSE