When considering the allocation of scarce resources, the most pressing question is: who should be treated?
The current Ebola epidemic has presented challenges both medical and ethical. Although we have known epidemics of untreatable diseases in the past, this particular one may be unique in the intensity and rapidity of its spread, as well as ethical challenges that it has created, exacerbated by its geographic location. We will look at the infectious agent and the epidemic it is causing, in order to understand the ethical problems that have arisen.
Donovan: Ebola, epidemics, and ethics – what we have learned. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2014 9:15. Doi:10.1186/1747-5341-9-15