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The Ethical Implications of Controlling the Ebola Outbreak

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The world has been watching as the Ebola virus has swept West Africa, claiming the lives of more than 1,800 people, and infecting at least 2,000 more.  The World Health Organization has predicted that as many as 20,000 people could be infected with Ebola by the end of the year.

It’s the worst outbreak of the virus ever, and doctors, scientists, non-profits and governments are trying to figure out how to control it.   Underneath these questions of containment and treatment are some ethical questions that many say are an important piece of the picture.  

Some of these ethical and practical questions will be addressed at noon at a Johns Hopkins University panel on “Ebola and Ethics,”available via U-stream.

Sheilah Kast speaks with two of the panelists, Dr. Nancy Kass, Professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Tim Roberton, a Doctoral candidate in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He spent two weeks this summer studying the Red Cross’ Ebola response efforts. 

If you would like to go to the panel instead of watching it online, it's from 12:15pm - 1:15pm at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sheik Zayed Tower, 2117 Chevy Chase Conference Center. The event is open to all. 

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.