Tag Archives: infectious diseases

09.18.14

Eight Gaps in the International Response to the West African Ebola Crisis Following U.S. Troops and UN Needs Assessment

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This post was written by Eric A. Friedman, O’Neill Institute Associate, Lawrence O. Gostin, O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Sarah Roache, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow and Daniel Hougendobler, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow. For questions or comments about this post please contact Lawrence Gostin at gostin@law.georgetown.edu. Yesterday, on the same day that the United Nations issued an appeal for […]

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08.08.14

Ebola Declared an International Public Health Emergency: Are We Interested Now?

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Since my last post on the Ebola virus merely one week ago, the death toll in West Africa has risen from approximately 600 to close to 1,000, it has reached one more African country (Nigeria), and the first European to contract the virus was admitted to a hospital only yesterday.  There are currently over 1,700 cases, […]

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07.25.14

Ebola Is Spreading: What We Need to Know about the IHR (2005)

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West Africa is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak since the disease’s first appearance in humans in 1976. This time around, what began as one outbreak in Guinea in February has spread to 60 outbreak sites to date. Since then, it has already killed over 600 people and infected nearly 1,100 in Guinea, Liberia, and […]

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06.12.14

The 2014 World Cup: Scoring a goal for public health?

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Beginning today, Brazil will play host to the world’s most-watched sporting event, the football World Cup. 3.7 million Brazilian and foreign tourists are expected to travel throughout Brazil during the World Cup, and nearly half the world’s population is anticipated to tune in for the tournament. Some effects are intuitive: worker productivity plummets, while hungry (and […]

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12.13.13

FDA Issues Guidelines on Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

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On December 11, 2013, the Food Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines aimed at phasing out the use of antibiotics that are critical to human health in food-producing animals,  including penicillin, azithromycin and tetracycline. Aside from treating infections in animals, livestock producers have been using antibiotics to induce growth in an animal and maximize feed. The […]

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10.13.11

The Long March for Life and Dignity: Can a lesson learned in Paraguay help protect Bolivian indigenous communities in the TIPNIS?

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On August 15, 2011, at least 1,000 members of indigenous communities living in the Bolivian Indigenous Territory of the National Park Isiboro-Sécure (TIPNIS) began their long and treacherous march on foot to the capital city of La Paz in hopes of engaging the Bolivian government in a peaceful dialogue to prevent the government from building […]

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