Infectious diseases

M. J. Selgelid

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Infectious diseases raise important ethical issues because their consequences are especially severe. They raise difficult philosophical questions about how to strike a balance between the protection of individual rights and the protection of public health. They raise issues of justice because they primarily affect impoverished persons in developing countries. Although infectious disease was not traditionally a major topic of discussion in bioethics, it has been a focus of attention in emerging literature on public health ethics (a rapidly growing subdiscipline of bioethics). Many of the ethical issues surrounding infectious diseases involve questions about the limits to duties, conflicting rights, and conflicting values.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Applied Ethics
EditorsRuth Chadwick
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780123739322
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • Coercion
  • Developing countries
  • Drug resistance
  • Ethics
  • Infectious disease
  • Influenza
  • Isolation
  • Justice
  • Pandemic
  • Quarantine
  • SARS
  • Surveillance
  • Tuberculosis
  • Vaccination

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