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Don’t be scared, be angry: The politics and ethics of Ebola

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is the worst so far.• The unprecedented extent of mortality and morbidity in this outbreak has followed more from imposition of neoliberal economic policies on the countries affected than from the biological virulence of Ebola virus. • The lack of vaccines and medications for Ebola virus disease is evidence that markets cannot reliably supply treatments for epidemic diseases.• We attribute the current difficulties in containmentchiefl y to the erosion or non-development of the health and medical infrastructure needed to respond effectively, as a direct result of market-privileging policies imposed in the interests of wealthy nations.• These events and responses hold lessons for public health priorities in Australia.

Authors


  •   Hooker, L (external author)
  •   Mayes, Christopher (external author)
  •   Degeling, Chris
  •   Gilbert, Gwendolyn L. (external author)
  •   Kerridge, Ian (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Hooker, L. Claire., Mayes, C., Degeling, C., Gilbert, G. L. & Kerridge, I. H. (2014). Don’t be scared, be angry: The politics and ethics of Ebola. Medical Journal of Australia, 201 (6), 352-354.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84908028399

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 352

End Page


  • 354

Volume


  • 201

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is the worst so far.• The unprecedented extent of mortality and morbidity in this outbreak has followed more from imposition of neoliberal economic policies on the countries affected than from the biological virulence of Ebola virus. • The lack of vaccines and medications for Ebola virus disease is evidence that markets cannot reliably supply treatments for epidemic diseases.• We attribute the current difficulties in containmentchiefl y to the erosion or non-development of the health and medical infrastructure needed to respond effectively, as a direct result of market-privileging policies imposed in the interests of wealthy nations.• These events and responses hold lessons for public health priorities in Australia.

Authors


  •   Hooker, L (external author)
  •   Mayes, Christopher (external author)
  •   Degeling, Chris
  •   Gilbert, Gwendolyn L. (external author)
  •   Kerridge, Ian (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Hooker, L. Claire., Mayes, C., Degeling, C., Gilbert, G. L. & Kerridge, I. H. (2014). Don’t be scared, be angry: The politics and ethics of Ebola. Medical Journal of Australia, 201 (6), 352-354.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84908028399

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 352

End Page


  • 354

Volume


  • 201

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Australia