Pandemic

The Ethics of Ebola Treatment: Who Gets What and Why?

Johanu Botha | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Johanu Botha

Disaster management is the preparation for, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from adverse events that transcend 'regular' emergencies while political philosophy asks the 'big' questions about power in society -- who gets what, and why? And when a fatal disease without a known cure moves rapidly from human to human it's not just about food supplies and First Aid Kits -- the question of who gets what, and why, becomes central.

How Much Do You Know About the Mysterious MERS Virus?

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

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Bird Flu May Have Come to Canada But it's No Reason to Panic

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Yesterday's announcement that the H5N1 avian flu had led to a death in Canada has taken public health officials -- and the general public -- by surprise. But while the revelation may signal the manifestation of many a fictionalized account of pandemics, the reality is that this is by no means a reason for panic.

Is the Swine Flu Back and Wreaking Havoc?

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Over the last few weeks, as expected, there has been a transition in the media headlines from the antics of Ford to the augury of flu. There was more than enough reason to believe that the virus that caused the pandemic from 2009-2010, better known as H1N1pdm or "swine flu" was back.

China's History of Exotic Meat and Deadly Diseases

Sangita Iyer | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

China does have a tradition of compassion for nonhumans. So the daunting question is: what went so awry that in the name of economic development, both farm and wild animals are now being treated ruthlessly, even as they're being driven to the brink of extinction? What is the root cause of the animal welfare crisis, especially in mainland China?

Bieber Fever: The Scariest Infectious Disease Of All

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.17.2012 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Last week, the analysis of this incredibly chilling illness made headlines worldwide. To better appreciate the potential impact of Ebola and other infectious diseases, such as SARS, HIV, and pandemic flu, a University of Ottawa researcher has taken a look at a much more devious disease, which continues to spread worldwide with apparently no end in sight. Bieber Fever.