GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SENATE BILL 675
Health Care Committee Substitute Adopted 4/1/09
Short Title: Amend Public Health-Related Laws.
March 19, 2009
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to AMEND PUBLIC HEALTH-RELATED LAWS TO clarify PROCEDURES FOR INVESTIGATING AND CONTROLLING COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
"§ 15A-534.3. Detention for communicable diseases.
If a judicial official conducting an initial appearance or
first appearance hearing finds probable cause that an individual
a nonsexual exposure to the defendant in a manner that poses a significant
risk of transmission of the AIDS virus or Hepatitis B by such defendant, the
judicial official shall order the defendant to be detained for a reasonable
period of time, not to exceed 24 hours, for investigation by public health
officials and for testing for AIDS virus infection and Hepatitis B infection if
required by public health officials pursuant to G.S. 130A-144 and
SECTION 2. G.S. 130A-144(b) reads as rewritten:
Physicians and Physicians,
persons in charge of medical facilities or laboratories laboratories,
and other persons shall, upon request and proper identification, permit a
local health director or the State Health Director to examine, review, and
obtain a copy of medical or other records in their possession or under their
control which the State Health Director or a local health director determines
pertain to the (i) diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a communicable
disease or communicable condition for a person infected, exposed, or reasonably
suspected of being infected or exposed to such a disease or condition, or (ii)
the investigation of a known or reasonably suspected outbreak of a communicable
disease or communicable condition."
SECTION 3. This act is effective when it becomes law.