November 11, 2016
President-Elect Trump and Ethics Trump and Pence on science, in their own words Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s career and campaign track record of false claims about science, rejection of research conclusions and dangerous rhetoric on misconceptions such as vaccines and autism … Continue reading →
May 3, 2016
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The CW network began airing a “limited” series (what used to be called a mini-series) drama about a bio-terrorism outbreak in the city of Atlanta.…
February 3, 2015
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
By now, you have most likely been inundated with news about the measles outbreak tied to Disneyland in California.…
August 18, 2014
by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Ebola, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is out of control in West Africa. The disease, which is transmitted by contact with contaminated blood or body fluids, or by close contact with a dead body infected with the virus, has killed more than 1100 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. …
August 13, 2014
<p class="MsoNormal">I was struck by the NY Times article that described tracing the path of the recent Ebola outbreak back to a two year old boy living in Guinea, Africa (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/world/africa/tracing-ebolas-breakout-to-an-african-2-year-old.html?_r=0">NY Times</a>) on the border of Sierra Leone. Not only does it forever impress me how epidemiologists and health officials are able to map the transmission of a rapidly spreading disease back to a likely origin, but the mystery surrounding how it all began is not, nor likely to ever be, known. Was it a bat? A piece of contaminated fruit? It is staggering to think that perhaps natural childhood curiosity set the stage for this kind of significant international health crisis.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Compounding the tragedy of the numbers of lives lost is the fear. While the World Health Organization (WHO) have made recommendations to attempt to limit further spread through education and travel restriction (<a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/">WHO</a>) the world is watching and waiting to see what happens, hoping enough help and support can be mobilized to halt the spread of this epidemic (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/09/world/africa/who-declares-ebola-in-west-africa-a-health-emergency.html?action=click&contentCollection=Africa&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article">West Africa Health Emergency</a>). Though this health emergency is playing out in West Africa, it is a stark reminder to all just how vulnerable humans are to existing disease. There is no vaccine and no clear treatment protocol, though US health workers did receive experimental treatment with good effect (<a href="/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/ebola-outbreak-highlights-questions-about-experimental-drug-treatment">see blog</a> by John Kaplan). In Africa, however, it is a matter of containment.</p>
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