CDC seeks broader quarantine powers

The Centers for Disease Control proposed new guidelines intended to make quarantines more effective. Officials said they want suspected cases reported directly to the CDC rather than to local health officials. The CDC also wants airlines and shipping companies to keep electronic records of passenger lists for 60 days so that people who health officials suspect may carry communicable diseases can be located after they enter the country. Critics say the changes could cost the airline industry millions of dollars to implement. Airlines, however, appear willing to accept the changes. The development could mean a sizable opportunity for established IT vendors, and quite possibly health IT players as well.

- see this article from The New York Times