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Ethical and Legal Considerations in Mitigating Pandemic Disease

Workshop Summary


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-10769-3ISBN-10: 0-309-10769-5


To examine the ethical and legal aspects of preparing for pandemic disease, the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats hosted a public workshop on September 19–20, 2006, in Washington, DC. The presentations and discussions of the workshop were intended to explore the existing knowledge and unanswered questions pertaining to (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Understanding the Challenges of the Future by Examining the Past: Influenza/Smallpox/SARS
  • Domestic, Regional, and International Preparedness Planning
  • Disease Intervention Strategies—Quarantine, Containment, and Modeling
  • Priority Setting for Access to Limited-Availability Health Care Resources


Rapporteurs: Stanley M Lemon, Margaret A Hamburg, P Frederick Sparling, Eileen R Choffnes, and Alison Mack

This project was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration; U.S. Department of Defense: Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Department of State; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; American Society for Microbiology; Sanofi Pasteur; Burroughs Wellcome Fund; Pfizer; GlaxoSmithKline; Infectious Diseases Society of America; and the Merck Company Foundation.

Suggested citation:

Institute of Medicine (IOM). 2007. Ethical and Legal Considerations in Mitigating Pandemic Disease, Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Copyright © 2007, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK54167PMID: 21595110DOI: 10.17226/11917


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