Whilst the vast majority of UK travellers to malarial endemic areas (~6 million visits per year) do not contract malaria, there are approximately 2,000 cases of malaria each year in the UK. In this analysis of risks to UK travellers both those travelling for business and those visiting friends and relatives are shown to be at increased risk of acquiring malaria, even after accounting for their very different durations of stay and malaria risk in the areas which they visit, suggesting that prevention messages should be further targeted at these groups.
Standing on a soapbox on the South Bank to tell passing Londoners about the role of maths in controlling infectious diseases.
Open access publication finds treatment levels and frequency need to be higher to cut transmission of soil-transmitted helminths
Deirdre Hollingsworth, together with colleagues from Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has published an analysis of the dynamics of soil-transmitted helminths which suggests that much higher levels of coverage will required for many years to eliminate the transmission of these infections.
Deirdre Hollingsworth was invited to join the follow-up meeting on Infectious Disease Dynamics at the Isaac Newton Institute.
Over the next few months the attendees at these meetings will be publishing a series of papers on "challenges" in infectious disease dynamics for young researchers in the field. The first of these has just been published.
Open access publication in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society on control of soil-transmitted helminths
As part of a special issue on health after 2015 in the 'world's first scientific journal', Deirdre Hollingsworth, together with colleagues from Imperial College London, has published a paper on the long-term control of intestinal worms which are transmitted in areas with poor hygiene.
Deirdre Hollingsworth, along with collaborators from Imperial, Zurich and Montpellier, has just published a review of HIV infection from an evolutionary perspective.
Fraser, Lythgoe, Leventhal, Shirreff, Hollingsworth, Alizon and Bonhoeffer (2013) Virulence and Pathogenesis of HIV-1 Infection: An Evolutionary Perspective. Science 343 6177.