Key ethical decisions for treating the sick

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With crowded conditions and lack of clean water, there is high risk for epidemic.  If resources are limited, who will receive treatment first–soldiers and allies, or host nationals?  If only experimental treatments exist for the disease, and the collapse of the government in wake of the flood prevents host nation regulatory review, is it ethical to use the experimental treatment on host nationals?  Is it ethical to withhold the experimental treatment?

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UN Assisting Flood-Ravaged Setuba
As torrential rains continued to pour onto the already-flooded streets of this West African megacity, advance elements of a United Nations peacekeeping force led by China and the United States arrived to prevent the city and surrounding countryside from sliding further into chaos.

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