Friday, September 04, 2009

North Carolina H1N1 "Swine Flu" Isolation Order (State Health Director Document)

UPDATE (09/08/09) -- Why is there an H5N1 bird flu preparedness billboard near Jacksonville, North Carolina when all the hype is on the H1N1 swine flu?


If you get infected with the H1N1 virus in North Carolina, you may be subject to a quarantine. To read the draft document created by the North Carolina Department of Health, click this sentence. If you violate the order, you may be subject to two (2) years in prison.

Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Infection

You may have been exposed or are reasonably suspected of being exposed to swine influenza A (H1N1) and have developed some symptoms of swine influenza infection. If swine influenza spreads in the community, it will have severe public health consequences. Your illness requires that you be isolated and requires further public health investigation and monitoring.

I, [name of health director] of [name of agency], pursuant to authority vested in me by North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 130A-145, issue this ISOLATION ORDER to [name of person].

You are required to remain at the following location [_______________________ ] through __________ [seven days after onset of symptoms] or 24 hours after symptoms resolve, whichever comes later, or until notified by the health department that additional information demonstrates that you are not infected with the swine influenza virus.

You are required to:

• Follow these instructions for the duration of this order.

• Contact the health department if, during the duration of this order, your symptoms become worse, or you develop any new symptom such as fever, headache, muscle aches or respiratory difficulties, including sore throat, cough or breathing difficulties. If you require medical care during the duration of this order, you are required to notify your medical provider or emergency responder of your diagnosis in advance so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

• Comply with other requirements based on individual circumstances of the isolation or the disease:___________________________________

If you fail to comply with this ISOLATION ORDER, you will be subject to prosecution pursuant to NCGS 130A-25, which provides for imprisonment for up to two (2) years, as well as pretrial detention without bail under NCGS 15A-534.5 (emphasis added).

The staff of this Health Department is available to provide assistance and counseling to you concerning your swine influenza infection and compliance with this ISOLATION ORDER.

The authority of this ISOLATION ORDER to restrict your freedom of movement expires in 30 days from the date of this order unless extended or modified by a court pursuant to NCGS 130A-145. You may petition the Superior Court for review of the restriction of your freedom of movement contained in this ISOLATION ORDER pursuant to NCGS 130A-145(d).

Health Director

Issued by:_________________

I have received the original copy of this order:

Patient Signature Date

Source: CDC

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