Megan Kill

Megan Kill

Megan Kill is an alumni of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and has a master's degree in Epidemiology.

Location London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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  • Actually, the rubella virus outbreak in the 60's was very similar to the current Zika outbreak in terms of changing minds on abortion laws. Here is a nice National Geographic article that describes the similarities:
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160205-zika-virus-rubella-abortion-brazil-birth-control-womens-health-history/

  • This just goes to show that unfortunately there is a lot we don't know about Zika, its transmission routes, and its effects.

  • Thanks for the suggestion, Paul! It's something we can considering incorporating into the next run of the course.

  • Since only 20% of people show symptoms of an infection, the reproduction number is hard to determine for Zika. I haven't seen any data published on this -- has anyone else?

  • Hi Jostron,
    Apologies, but we are only running the course in English and don't have Spanish-speaking hosts or moderators!

  • It's something that is a nice idea and may help, but there is no evidence to support the theory. James discusses this in Step 3.5!

  • Hi Denise,
    Yes, you will always have access to the course material now! And please share! We do have another run of the course coming up in a couple of weeks (Aug 8th), so you could always direct your staff to the course run page and they can complete the course themselves!

    https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/preventing-zika/2

  • It's a good point, and definitely something that worries researchers. I think it's important to recognise that vector control efforts will not only help control mosquito populations and reduce the transmission of Zika, but can also impact the transmission of a number of other viruses as well (e.g. yellow fever, dengue, etc). I think you will find this last...

  • No worries! We will make sure to change the wording of the question for the next run of the course! Thanks for the feedback everyone!

  • Hi all! I appreciate the quiz question is a bit tricky. We wanted to make sure you were aware that when looking for mosquito eggs, they will be small black eggs and not white eggs, since they only stay white for a matter of minutes.

    Also, we are trying to answer questions individually in the platform, but find it works better to highlight repeated questions...

  • Yes, that can happen. But It's unknown whether this can happen with Zika virus. It's one of the many unknowns about the virus!

  • It's such a good read! Enjoy!

  • Nice to hear you are finding the course informative! The next run of the course is on the 8th of August. And once they register for it, they will always have access to the course material.

  • Hi Robyn,
    We don't upload the English version of the course on the platform. Since you are registered for the course, you will always have access to it.

  • Hi Joy! That's a great question -- when retrospectively looking back at a previous Zika outbreak, they did find an increase in microcephaly cases. This association wasn't discovered until recently. We will talk more about this in Step 1.11.

  • We will talk a bit more about this over the week. You are right in questioning it though, as it is difficult!

  • Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi Alison! So glad to hear you enjoyed the course. You will always have access to the course materials through your FutureLearn account. As for others who aren't enrolled on the course, they can still enroll through this week and will have access to the course materials. However, after this week, they will not be able to register and will not have access to...

  • Thank you for sharing!

  • Thank you for sharing, Foluso! What a great idea to get children excited about using soap!

  • Very true about the messages needing to be adjusted to the culture and country! It's such an important thing to remember in public health.

  • The lifecycle approach is key to understanding all of these issues. Each stage affects subsequent stages.

  • There was a paper that was published in the Lancet in 1998, (which has been completely disproved and the paper retracted) that said there was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This really scared people and many didn't get their children vaccinated. The effects are still being seen today! There are a lot of articles about this online. Here is one......

  • We will talk about this in more detail in Step 5.10. Such an interesting topic!

  • Why do you think this reduction in knowledge has occurred, Foluso?

  • I agree! His presentations are very informative and easy to understand!

  • Thank you for sharing!

  • Do you think it would be difficult to educate people about the harmful effects of the local herbs in communities with such strong beliefs in them? Would they believe you?

  • Sad to hear that women are not only losing their child, but they are shunned by family members. What a difficult time for her.

  • Well stated! The lifecycle approach to improving health is key!

  • Wow-- it's such an emotional event not only for the mother, but for her friends as well. Thank you for sharing your personal story.

  • Thank you for sharing!

  • I agree! Any ideas on how to do this?

  • Wow! That is such a great idea! something you could raise money for and purchase! Thank you for sharing!

  • Babatunde, do you have any ideas of how this can be fixed in the short-term? Long-term? Great to hear from you since you have personal experience and know what it is like in these camps.

  • Do you find that women are still not accessing medical care, even though there are no fees?

  • Adowa, I really like your use of the word compassion! I agree, this is what we need!

  • So great to hear that you are enjoying this course and using it to teach others!

  • Very good point! Armed conflicts have a big effect on medical care.

  • Do you know what the main strategies used to reduce the maternal mortality by 90%? Impressive!

  • Intersting to hear that an increase in caesareans are a problem in a lot of high income countries now. I wonder how this can be dealt with? Any ideas?

  • I find it interesting too how big the problem of inequity is in the US. And I feel like it is getting worse (or maybe I just know more about it now). I was shocked to see that maternal mortality is rising in the US! Clearly problems still exist in high income countries as well in regards to inequity.

  • Can you think of some ways in which we can change these young mothers attitudes in your country? It would be very beneficial for these women to receive ANC, especially if it is their first pregnancy, so they could be prepared for what is to come.