The board of health shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth, the regulations of the State Department of Health, and any ordinances of the township relating to health work, and to make and enforce such additional rules and regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of infectious or contagious diseases, by the regulation of intercourse with infected places, by the separation of infected persons and persons who shall have been exposed to any infectious or contagious disease, and by abating and removing all nuisances which it shall deem prejudicial to the public health, to mark infected houses or places, to prescribe rules for the construction and maintenance of house drains, wash pipes, soil pipes and cesspools, and make all such other rules and regulations as it shall deem necessary for the preservation of the public health, and such other powers relating to health work as may be delegated by the township commissioners. The board shall also have power, with the consent of the township commissioners, in case of a prevalence or apprehended prevalence of any contagious or infectious diseases in its township, to establish one or more emergency hospitals, and to make provisions and regulations for the maintenance and management of the same.
The board shall also have the power to make, enforce, and cause to be published, all necessary rules and regulations not inconsistent with law for carrying into effect the powers and functions with which it is invested by law, and the power and authority relating to the public health conferred on townships. Such rules and regulations, when approved by the township commissioners, and when advertised in the same manner as other ordinances, shall have the force of ordinances of the township. All penalties or punishments prescribed for the violation thereof, as well as the expenses actually and necessarily incurred in carrying such rules and regulations into effect, shall be recoverable, for the use of the township, in the same manner as penalties for violation of the ordinances of the township, and subject to the like limitations as to the amount thereof.
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