22-28 August 2019

Peter Piot speaks to the Financial Times (£) in response to the debate over Ebola vaccination strategies in the DRC. Peter said: Because there is a limited supply, we have to make sure that every vaccine is used in the best possible way.”

Peter has also been quoted in the Daily Express in response to Brian Walsh’s new book End Times, which discusses antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Peter said: “We face the globalisation of risk in infectious diseases today. In the future that risk will only go up. That is a fact of life.”

Sian Clarke discusses the global fight to end malaria in the Washington Post in light of the WHO’s recent report on the prospects of eradication. Sian said: “It’s a long game and there will be many bumps on the road.”

Covered by Associated Press, this story appeared in over 300 outlets, including ABC News, the Daily Mail, the Boston Globe, Pakistan Today and Arab News.

David Conway provides expert comment in the Telegraph (£) on the Sanger Institute’s Malaria Cell Atlas, as the WHO warns that efforts to wipe out malaria need new tools. David said: This is an exciting technical landmark for malaria research. The parasites are complex and develop in remarkable ways – we need to know all of this better in order to attack them with new drugs and vaccines in the future.”

Heidi Larson discusses ways to restore confidence in immunisation with the Observer, such as providing advisers in GPs’ surgeries to address concerns. Heidi said: “The news that Britain is no longer measles-free should be seen as a wake-up call. We need to take urgent action to restore our immunisation programmes to their previous good health.”

Heidi also discussed this on BBC London, and was interviewed in the Financial Times (£) on a story focusing on anti-vaccination concerns in the US.

Rachel Lowe speaks with Reuters about the outbreak of dengue fever in Central America and its connections with climate change. Rachel said: “We have seen dengue cases in the Americas double each decade since the 1980s and this year is particularly severe. “Climate change is altering the climate patterns we expect, and can change the timing and intensity of outbreaks.” The story has also appeared in the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.

Neil Pearce is interviewed on NPR on a mysterious kidney disease affecting agricultural workers in Central America whose cause is unclear. Neil said: “It’s a very unusual phenomenon. We have to keep an open mind as to what could be the cause of the epidemic.”

This also led to soundbites on local stations across the US.

Joy Lawn discusses the trial on kangaroo mother care for ill newborns, on which she is PI, in the Independent Uganda. Joy said: “I’m delighted that Uganda will lead this important trial, and inform improved care for newborns here and all over the world.”

Andrew Haines’ work on the health risks associated with climate change is mentioned in the Mail on Sunday, in a story on climate change putting hospitals at risk.

Martin McKee provides expert comment in the Mirror in a story about the safety of vaping. Martin said: “I fully accept they are safer than conventional ­cigarettes but they are not 95 per cent safer. That figure is little more than a guess. They have a significant ­number of problems associated with them.”

Martin also comments in a Herald Scotland story on journalists’ reluctance to accuse politicians of lying in relation to Brexit, calling for transparency in relation to public health. Martin said: “It is simply not good enough for ministers to say that these documents are wrong. They must provide ones that are right.”

Brendan Wren provides expert comment in the Mail on Sunday on a story discussing keeping germ-free while travelling by air. Brendan said: “Simply wash your hands with soap and water before you leave. Plane toilets are no different to public toilets.”

James Logan appears twice on This Morning to offer advice on proofing your home against spiders and moths – although he also notes that house spiders can have their uses: “Spiders help to keep your house free from insects like flies, because they eat them. They are also food themselves for other animals like birds…so they are part of the food chain.”

On social media

This week’s social media highlight comes from Instagram, with a photo from our archives of LSHTM’s 1931 Mosquito Day luncheon (where poet laureate John Masefield was guest of honour):

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1gqwSTgZEh/

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