: quaranta giorni
, forty days) is the act of keeping people or animals separated for a period of time before, for instance, allowing them to enter another country. By doing this, it is possible to limit the risk of spreading disease
. In the case of people, quarantine usually raises questions of civil rights
, especially in cases of long confinement or segregation from society, such as that of Mary Mallon
, a typhoid fever carrier
2. Quarantine is a science fiction novel by Greg Egan.