Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks

by Carl Coleman, Abha Saxena, Andreas Reis et al.
World Health Organization, 2016

68 pp. 1.0 MB

Previous ethical guidance had been provided on some outbreaks but only focused on the specific pathogen in isolation. This document looks beyond to cross cutting ethical issues that apply to infectious disease outbreaks generally. In addition to setting forth general principles, it examines how these principles can be adapted to different epidemiological and social circumstances. It is designed to complement existing guidance on ethics in public health, and read in conjunction with more general guidance on issues such as public health surveillance, research with human participants, and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations.

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