Is quarantine required or permitted as a preventive measure?

Good idea, yes; Permitted, yes; Required, no. Quarantine of specific infected or suspected cases makes eminent sense; however, large-scale quarantines of whole populations have been shown to be counterproductive and almost impossible to implement. Basically, if you have Ebola, you should not have contact with anyone except trained medical personnel who are aware of your condition. If you don't have Ebola, but you have been in contact with someone who has Ebola, you should not have contact with anyone except  trained medical personnel who are aware that you might be infected. If you just live in an area where somone has contracted Ebola, but you have not been in contact with anyone who has Ebola, you do not need to be quarantined (but you should really think about moving).

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