Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Quarantine

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2898

Synonyms

Isolation of persons to prevent transmission of diseases

Definition

Quarantine in the public health context refers to the restriction of the activities of healthy individuals who have been exposed (or are thought to have been exposed) to a communicable disease. The restriction is for a specific period of time, till investigations or clinical signs/symptoms have clarified the infectiousness status of the individual.

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