Is it illegal to intentionally spread diseases?

Measles, small pox, whooping cough?

Asked on February 27, 2019 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Yes, it is: it is considered a form of assault or even potentially attempted murder--and if someone dies from an intentionally spread disease, it would be murder. It may be difficult to prove that the spread was intentional if it was by an infected person touching or coughing on an uninfected one--that easily could simply be poor hygiene habits, for example--but if the intentionality can be proven, it is illegal.


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