Epidemics Diseases Act, 1897

The Epidemics Diseases, 1897 is a colonial-era law that was enacted by the British to combat the bubonic plague outbreak in Bombay (Mumbai). This legislation provides special powers for the government to implement the required containment measures to stop the spread of an infection. The Central Government has recently directed all states and UTs to declare black fungus a notifiable disease under this Act so as to enable better management of this infection.

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