When a deadly infectious disease takes hold in a population, outbreak responders do their best to save lives and stamp out the contagion. Less widely known is the shared secret among outbreak responders: Bad behavior among their own ranks can consume undue energy amid an already frightening scenario

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Practical Ethics investigators Sarah Parkinson and Valerie De Koeijer examine the ethical challenges faced by professionals who work in or adjacent to humanitarian disasters, such as those triggered by war

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The Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 offers important lessons in balancing truth and panic during public health crises

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Lance Gable: As an expert in public health law, I can state two things with confidence. First, the US has made enormous strides in preparing for and treating the flu. And second, we still are not nearly as prepared as we need to be for the next pandemic

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Hurricane Maria left a ruined island and 16 Puerto Rico residents dead. But public health experts worry that figure could climb higher in the coming weeks, as many on the island fail to get medicines or treatment they need for chronic diseases

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Julio Alicea’s 8-month-old granddaughter Aubrey came down with severe respiratory problems a day after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico. “We are very lucky” Alicea says, “the hospital is open and we live nearby.” Aubrey’s cough turned intense and when she started vomiting, Alicea says he rushed her to the hospital at 4 am

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Storms and rising waters threaten cities’ food, but some municipalities are taking steps to keep shelves stocked and bellies full

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How Chernobyl’s survivors first reacted. Andrey Lomakin was 12 years old when he, his family, and all his neighbors were forced to leave home. Some left in a hurry, their dinners cooling on the table, while others took days, or even weeks to grasp their new reality. Today, all of Pripyat (former pop. 50,000) is a ghost town

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