Quarantine and Isolation
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
Twenty U.S. Quarantine Stations, located at ports of entry and land border crossings, use these public health practices as part of a comprehensive Quarantine System that serves to limit the introduction of infectious diseases into the United States and to prevent their spread.
Learn more about how CDC is Protecting America's Health at U.S. Ports of Entry.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Control of Communicable Diseases: Interstate and Foreign
On August 15, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Control of Communicable Diseases: Interstate and Foreign. These proposed updates will provide greater transparency and improve the efficiency of HHS/CDC operations by codifying (to make an official code or regulations) many current CDC practices and procedures.
Ship Sanitation Certificate Information
On October 13, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted updated answers to frequently asked questions about ship sanitation certificates in the United States.
The page answers questions about who in the United States can issue ship sanitation certificates and for which ships these may be issued. While CDC reserves the right to inspect vessels if a public health concern is identified or suspected, ship sanitation certificates are not currently required for ships arriving at US ports.
U.S. Quarantine Stations are located at 20 ports of entry and land-border crossings where international travelers arrive. They are staffed with quarantine medical and public health officers from CDC. These health officers decide whether ill persons can enter the United States and what measures should be taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Page last reviewed: August 15, 2016
- Page last updated: August 15, 2016
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