The Ethics of the Ebola Outbreak: Who Should Receive Experimental Treatment?

August 21, 2014 11:51 PM

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The Ethics of the Ebola Outbreak: Who Should Receive Experimental Treatment?

The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has led to at least 1,200 deaths, poses a number of ethical questions that are both pressing and unfamiliar.

There are currently no approved drugs to treat Ebola. However, new, untested treatments have been given to a few people during this latest outbreak, in the hopes of defeating a disease with a mortality rate of up to 90 percent.

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