During the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of spring 2003, quarantine & isolation were used as tools to limit disease transmission on a scale unprecedented in several decades. This report uses the experience with SARS to highlight the broad legal & policy challenges in preparing for an outbreak of infectious disease (ID) or similar public health emergency. Identifies 12 key issues for public officials & other policymakers within 3 broad categories: legal & public health systems; public health & health care infrastructure; & law enforcement & ancillary services. These broad lessons learnedÓ provide the framework for considering the issues to address in preparing the U.S. for a serious outbreak of ID or similar public health emergency. Illus.Rothstein, Mark A. is the author of 'Quarantine And Isolation Lessons Learned from Sars a Report to the Cdc', published 2003 under ISBN 9780756745073 and ISBN 0756745071.