23 – 29 January 2016

Laura Rodrigues speaks to BBC Six O’Clock News about the ongoing Zika virus outbreak, as the WHO calls a meeting to discuss whether the virus should be treated as a global emergency (from 03m40s): “We need to know the risk. If a woman has Zika, is the risk of having a microcephalic baby 90%, or 10%, or even 5%? That’s very important for the woman’s choice, for discovering viral treatment…” The interview was broadcast on BBC World Service, BBC World TV, BBC Radio 4,  regional radio stations across the UK and US National Public Radio news bulletins.

Laura is also interviewed by outlets including Channel 4 News, further interviews on BBC News at 10 and BBC World TV, BBC Radio 4 World at One (from 10m35s), BBC News Online, Associated Press TV and The Independent here and here. She is quoted in multiple publications around the world including The Telegraph, The Guardian, Reuters, Financial Times (paywalled) and Financial Times Asia, ITV News Online, International Business Times, ABC Radio Australia News, Daily Mail, Channel News Asia, Toronto Sun and Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany).

Laith Yakob speaks to Wall Street Journal about the Brazilian government’s efforts to control Zika virus in the country at present, and at Olympic venues in Rio this summer: “Logistically, sweeping [the whole city] is just not practical. They will not have the financial requirements to do that kind of thing. The good thing about Aedes [the genus of mosquito that transmits Zika] is that it doesn’t fly that far, so if they do sweeps of the sites and the surrounding areas, people will be less vulnerable.” Laith also speaks to BBC World Service, The Mirror, LBC Radio and BBC World TV.

Jimmy Whitworth speaks to Al Jazeera America: “About four out of five people that are infected with the virus don’t have symptoms, and for those that do have symptoms, it tends to be mild.” Jimmy is also interviewed by Reuters TV, The Independent and BBC Radio 5 Live.

James Logan appears on ITV This Morning, speaking about whether the mosquito that carries Zika could spread the virus in the UK: “It’s very unlikely. We have quite low numbers of mosquitoes in comparison to tropical countries, and we also have seasons… They [viruses] can’t replicate in very cold temperatures, and mosquitoes can’t breed in very cold temperatures. So the weather, essentially, would stop it from happening.”

Jimmy Whitworth speaks to New Scientist about the UK’s need to be better prepared for future disease outbreaks, following a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee on the UK government’s response to the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa: “Part of the problem with Ebola was that it was nobody’s day-job to think about responding to epidemics of this nature. It is a small part of many people’s job, and so action and co-ordination can be slow.”

Heidi Larson writes an opinion piece for Fox News about how anti-polio efforts must have courage in the face of extremist violence, following a recent terror attack outside a polio vaccination centre in Pakistan.

Rosanna Peeling writes for Huffington Post Blog about preventing stillbirths by treating malaria and syphilis infections during pregnancy, linked to the recent Ending Preventable Stillbirths Series led by Joy Lawn.

Reuters  covers recent research by Narat Punyacharoensin demonstrating that Truvada, an existing pill used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), can help to prevent new cases of HIV when used alongside existing prevention methods. The piece runs in outlets including Fiji Times, Irish Medical Times and Latinos Health.

Sally Bloomfield is quoted in The Sun about the need to wash pyjamas frequently:Pyjamas are worn right next to the skin – and we shed skin cells, filled with micro-organisms, at a vast rate. “These organisms are usually harmless but if they get into the wrong place they can cause problems.” This is also reported by The Mirror, Wales Online and Liverpool Echo.

Sally Bloomfield is also quoted by BBC Vietnamese, in a feature about home hygiene.  

BBC Magazine feature on the potential consequences of wiping out mosquitoes references research led by James Logan demonstrating that female mosquitoes are attracted to certain body odours more than others. Also published by Dhaka Tribune.

Peter Piot is quoted in Der Tagesspiegel in an article discussing Ebola, Mers, and Zika. He is also quoted in Yahoo News .

The School is mentioned by Scope Blog as a partner in research showing that resistance to a major antiviral drug used to fight HIV, tenofovir, is growing. The research also features in outlets including Medical Daily.

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