Ethical Challenges of International Outbreaks-A Case Study of Ebola Virus Disease

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.04.04.Art032

Authors : Okafor Chinyere Nkiruka, Young E E, Nwobi A E


Public health measures are strictly required to prevent increase in the spread of Ebola virus disease and that includes identifying cases and quarantining persons who are suspected to have come in contact with the disease or its agent. Though quarantine restricts freedom of movement of those affected, the reasons may be justified based on the fact that health of the public needs to be protected. But though the personal rights and liberties of individuals may be expected to be lost in international outbreaks, it should not be totally taken away. There ought to be a balance between preserving individual rights and maintaining public health. Thus a legal and political framework is needed while research for therapy and vaccine are encouraged.

Keywords: Ebola virus disease, ethical challenges, international outbreaks.


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