16 – 22 August 2018

Pauline Paterson provides comment on new World Health Organization figures that show cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high: “With a vaccine preventable disease, one case is one too many, and the numbers of measles cases so far this year is astounding.” Pauline is quoted in more than 150 outlets worldwide including: BBC News, The Times (£), Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Sun, CNN and RT.

Martin McKee provides his insight on a new report published by MPs that suggests rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed so they can be more widely used. Quoted by the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, Martin said: “It is simply impossible to know how safe a product is when it has only been used widely for a relatively short time.”

Martin also gives a variety of interviews on the report for broadcast media, including: Channel 4 News, the BBC News Channel and BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show (from 36m55s).

 

Claire Gilbert is quoted by CNN on a project providing judo and self-defense training to hundreds of blind, Indian women: “Most of the difficulties young women encounter arise not because of what they cannot do…but because of the attitudes of the wider community, who often denigrate or abuse them.

David Conway provides comment to Science on a new study investigating the early spread of the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax: “[The spread] was probably accompanied by only a few founding strains of the parasite that have given rise to most of today’s human P. vivax.”

James Logan appeared on ITV’s This Morning explaining what makes some of us more attractive to mosquitoes than others and giving his expert advice on how to avoid insect bites.

 

Daniel Bausch, Director of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, speaks to STAT News on the challenges faced by teams responding to the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: “It’s not the first one that has happened in an area of insecurity, but it’s potentially at least more disseminated an area of insecurity. And a very, very complex area.”

Sally Bloomfield gives advice to Huff Post on how to avoid becoming ill on flights: “It’s not the planes that are dirty, it’s us – we are shedding microbes all the time…if there’s anything that’s going around it’s going to be spread by your hands.”

On social media

Monday was World Mosquito Day, marking Sir Ronald Ross’ landmark discovery in 1897 that mosquitoes transmit the malaria parasite between humans. The main tweet on the day is @LSHTM’s most engaged tweet of all time and is this week’s social media highlight!

 

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