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04.26.15

Sexually Transmitted Ebola: Another Reason to Stigmatize Survivors?

By Rebecca Reingold

As Ebola retreats in West Africa, medical investigators are focused on two women who died of the disease recently. Ruth Tugbah, a 44-year-old food seller with no known risk factors, developed Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia and died in late March. She was the first person to test positive for Ebola more than two weeks after […]

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01.30.15

Measles: Where “to Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate” Is Not the Question

By Ana S. Ayala

Soon after the measles outbreak originating in Disneyland became widely publicized in the media, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a “commentary” titled: “I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back.” Yes, The Onion’s content is meant to be humorous and, as Wikipedia describes it, “surreal […]

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10.17.14

Counterfeiting Ebola: Fakes, Frauds and other Malarkey

By O’Neill Institute

Photo Courtesy of Reuters   This Oped was written by Michelle Ratpan and originally appeared on OpedSpace. Michelle works as a Litigation Specialist for the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank and is a graduate of the Global Health Law and International Institutions LLM Program (2010). In the following Oped, Michelle examines the current […]

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10.02.14

Ebola in the US: A Single Case Should Not Distract Us from the True Crisis in West Africa

By Brian Honermann

The author wrote this post in collaboration with Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first diagnosis of Ebola made in the United States (previous US cases were medical evacuees, who were already known to be infected). […]

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09.19.14

10 Resources to Help You Get a Handle on the Ebola Epidemic

By Brian Honermann

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Law Fellows Sarah Roache and Daniel Hougendobler The West African Ebola epidemic is an international public health crisis, and a threat to international security. For so many of us – the public health community, humanitarian and aid organizations, governments, ethicists, policy-makers, and engaged citizens – the epidemic triggers important […]

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09.18.14

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

By O’Neill Institute

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?

By Ana S. Ayala

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)

By Ana S. Ayala

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?

By Brian Honermann

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

By Ana S. Ayala

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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