5 – 11 March 2018

Hilary Bower is interviewed by BBC World Service Radio’s Newsday programme on the current outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Hilary is a member of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UKPHRST) and said: “The cases are falling at this stage, which we would expect as this is a seasonal disease and they do usually fall off at this time. Our key effort now is that they [cases] do continue to fall.”

Daniel Bausch, Director of the UKPHRST, speaks to Vox on the possible reasons why Lassa fever has been so widespread: “I think it’s interesting that you have monkeypox and Lassa. Two rodent-borne diseases that have seen peaks of transmission this year. I would suspect the underlying determinants are ecological determinants that have favoured populations of small mammals.”

Heidi Stöckl is quoted by the Daily Telegraph on the prevalence of violence against women across the world, recently described by the WHO as ‘a global health problem of epidemic proportions.’ Heidi said: “We know that violence is associated with all these health effects like depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse and a lot of maternal health problems such as low birthweight and miscarriage. Governments have the data and they must now be held accountable.”

Heidi Hopkins provides comment to Science in an article on the challenge of diagnosing and treating non-malarial fevers: “People are moving from malaria to fever diagnosis and management [as a primary challenge for public health in malaria risk areas].”

Oliver Brady speaks to The Guardian on his work for the Brazilian government studying the impact of the Zika virus.

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