We had a situation where in the infection stage, a city was drawn that was about to cause an outbreak.

To stop this, we used an instant to move out quarantine specialist there.

Is this within the rules, or cheating?

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That is against the rules.

You must resolve each card fully before you can do anything else, so if you draw a card that causes an outbreak, you must first perform all of its steps. After you resolve that, you can play an Event, if you like. And, of course, you could play an instant before drawing and revealing the first Event card.

From the rules, page 7:

Event cards can be played at any time, except in between drawing and resolving a card.

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    So, not quite the same as an "instant" in M:TG, where you're allowed to see the card about to be played, then act before it actually "lands" and has any effect.
    – KeithS
    Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 21:12

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