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Ethical Dilemma Essay

1663 words - 7 pages

ETHICAL DILEMMA

CJS/211
September 1, 2014
Michael Raneses

ETHICAL DILEMMA
EBOLA VIRUS

Ebola virus appeared in Sudan, Zaire in 1976. The very first outbreak of the Ebola virus was named Sudan Ebola virus and it infected over 284 people, killing 53% of its victims. Another strain of the infection came infecting 318 people; this strain was called the Zaire Ebola virus. It had the highest mortality rate of 88%, and at this time the researchers were not able to pin point where the Ebola virus had originated from. The third subtype of the virus is known as Reston-Ebola and was identified in1989 when it infected monkeys that were being imported to Reston, Virginia from Philippines. ...view middle of the document...

The outbreak is continuing to accelerate in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people. The total number of cases stands at 3,069 right now, with 40% recently occurring in three weeks. The fatality rate is 52%, Sierra Leone to 66% in Guinea. As of August 11, 2014 2,000 people has been infected and 1,000 have died. So far there is no cure for the Ebola virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) are coming together to have a meeting to determine preventive measurements to stop the further spread of the virus.

There have been several emergency assistance agencies that have offered to provide help, and the World Bank has offered to donate $200 m in assistance and the British Red Cross launched an emergency appeal to help those individuals that has been infected with the deadly virus. The WHO panel will also get together with a panel of experts on the ethics, to make decisions about the recommendations use of the experimental treatments. At this particular stage the WHO panel is not certain the individuals that will serve on the ethics panel of what type of recommendations the panel they will have. One thing that the World Health Organization (WHO) knows is that the panelist will have to address certain issues. They are going to want an accurate summary of the scientific evidence that is regarding the safety and the efficacy of any experimental drugs, which have not been tested on humans.

The underlying problem to why the Ebola virus is spreading so rapidly is because countries like Liberia does not have the adequate resources that are needed to deal with the problem at hand. Until the international communities begin to address the issues and eliminate poverty, it is going to be the same type of problems going on reoccurring in West Africa. Treating patients with Ebola can be a difficult ethical decision for doctors and nurses to make. Due to the fact that caring for individuals that have the infectious disease, can become life or death for question for the doctors and nurses to answer for themselves. If s doctor or nurse make one wrong move with one slip of a glove, they can now become infected with the disease their self.

This is an extremely ethical decision for doctors and nurse to make on a daily basis when it comes to the care of those that are infected with the Ebola virus. Dr. David Beyda who is a pediatric critical care specialist at phoenix Children Hospital is the director of the global health program as well at UA College of Medicine of Phoenix. He states that the students go through rigorous training before leaving to serve others that are in need of care, in order to help them raise awareness of the dangers that they come faced with when they are overseas.

Due to the Ebola virus outbreak many hospitals are closing down and many of the medical staff is fleeing from the area. People in the infected areas are in quarantine, and some are disobeying the orders of the government. They are dumping the infected...

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