Call to isolate the sick

According to Hippocrates, doctors are supposed to do no harm.

According to Hippocrates, doctors are supposed to do no harm.

But that doesn't mean they can't lock up their patients.

A trio of doctors argue in a medical journal that people who refuse treatment for a drug-resistant form of TB should be forcibly detained in healthcare facilities. It is an extreme, but not unheard of, measure to prevent the infected from spreading the disease.

Since detecting the disease last year, health officials have called for increased measures to combat the strains, including better surveillance, diagnostics and drugs. - Sapa-AP

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