What does it mean to ‘know’ a disease? The tragedy of XDR-TB

Ross Upshur

in Public health ethics and practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421029
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303114 | DOI:
What does it mean to ‘know’ a disease? The tragedy of XDR-TB

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This chapter explores the classic dilemma faced by public health policy in the face of attempting to control an outbreak of an infectious disease, focusing on the case of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). It addresses the question of restraint and getting the right balance between individual rights and community protection and argues that understanding the determinants of XDR-TB and the emergence of the HIV/TB syndemic is crucial to applied public health ethics. It examines recent developments in HIV and tuberculosis and discusses strategies for infectious disease containment within both national and international contexts.

Keywords: public health policy; infectious disease; disease outbreak; XDR-TB; individual rights; community protection; HIV/TB syndemic; public health ethics

Chapter.  5336 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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