21 – 27 May 2018

Our experts in the media on the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):

David Heymann takes part in a panel discussion with BBC World Service Radio’s Real Story programme, exploring pandemic preparedness and the Ebola outbreak response in DRC: “Today the paradigm is rapid detection and rapid response, what we have to do is move that paradigm back, we have to do prevention at the source.”

Heidi Larson provides comment to Vox on the role vaccine confidence will play in the roll-out of the experimental Ebola vaccine in DRC: “In the context of uncertainty, fear, a known deadly virus, and an unknown foreign vaccine, it is not surprising that some particularly remote or marginalized communities might turn to their faith-based groups and religious leaders.”

Peter Piot is quoted by CNN in an article on the history of Ebola and why previous outbreaks have sparked a global health revolution: “There are two defining epidemics of our time: the AIDS epidemic and Ebola.”

Elsewhere:

A new LSHTM study finds that adults with severe eczema could face an increased risk of experiencing non-fatal cardiovascular disease. Lead author Sinéad Langan is quoted by The Guardian: “Overall, eczema was associated with a small increased risk of [non-fatal] cardiovascular outcomes. In people with severe eczema we did see a very small increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.” The study is also reported by the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Times (£), WebMD (US), Drugs.com (US) and NHS Choices.

Martin Hibberd provides comment to the Daily Telegraph on the outbreak of the rare Nipah virus in India: “We used to think that Ebola was a sporadic, occasional disease, occurring in the African countryside. But when it gets into cities it can be a serious worldwide health problem. So far Nipah has occurred in small, contained outbreaks and I hope that it continues like that.” Martin is also interviewed by BBC World TV’s Global programme.

A new LSHTM co-authored study that finds more physically active forms of travel than the car may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death is reported by The Independent, The Sun and Reuters.

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