Zika Virus and the Intersection of Medical and Legal Triage

JURIST - Academic/Commentary, Feb. 18, 2016,

Posted: 24 Feb 2016

See all articles by James G. Hodge

James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

John Hick

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis

Dan Hanfling

UPMC Center for Health Security; George Washington University

Sarah Wetter

Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland

Date Written: February 18, 2016

Abstract

On the heels of the 2014 Ebola outbreak (with just a few remaining cases in Sierra Leone), the world faces its next major threat from an emerging infectious agent — Zika virus (ZIKV). Originally discovered in Uganda in 1947, ZIKV, like Ebola, was largely dormant for decades. Limited outbreaks among smaller populations in the Yap Islands (2007) and French Polynesian Islands (2013) raised some public health flags. However, ZIKV's emergence in South and Latin Americas in 2015 through global migration of mosquitoes and human travel patterns escalates this threat to emergency levels.

Suggested Citation

Hodge, James G. and Hick, John and Hanfling, Dan and Wetter, Sarah, Zika Virus and the Intersection of Medical and Legal Triage (February 18, 2016). JURIST - Academic/Commentary, Feb. 18, 2016,. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736444

James G. Hodge (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

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John Hick

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Dan Hanfling

UPMC Center for Health Security ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA
United States

George Washington University ( email )

2300 Eye Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
United States

Sarah Wetter

Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland ( email )

Baltimore, MD 21230
United States

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