Twitter round-up: Prof Peter Hotez’s tweet on New Zealand’s measles outbreak top tweet in Q4 2019

17 February 2020 (Last Updated June 25th, 2020 13:06)

Pharmaceutical Technology lists ten of the top tweets on infectious diseases in Q4 2019, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

Twitter round-up: Prof Peter Hotez’s tweet on New Zealand’s measles outbreak top tweet in Q4 2019

Top tweets on infectious diseases in Q4 2019

1. Prof Peter Hotez’s tweet on New Zealand’s measles outbreak

Prof Peter Hotez’s, an American scientist, tweeted on a measles outbreak in New Zealand. The influencer noted that the measles infection in pregnant women led to the death of two unborn babies. Moreover, the outbreak led to the hospitalisation of three encephalitis cases and 65 pneumonia cases.

Username: Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD

Twitter handle: @PeterHotez

Retweets: 395

Likes: 409

2. Francis S. Collins’ tweet on gene editing for curing unthinkable diseases

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, shared an article on the potential of advanced gene editing techniques to cure conditions like the sicklecell disease and HIV.

The prime editing nicks just one strand of the DNA molecule and then uses RNA and reverse transcriptase to direct highly targeted changes to a cell’s DNA.

Username: Francis S. Collins

Twitter handle: @NIHDirector

Retweets: 256

Likes: 548

3. Helen Branswell’s tweet on the approval of Ebola vaccine in Europe

Helen Branswell, a senior writer for infectious diseases, shared an article on the marketing approval of Merck’s Ebola vaccine, Ervebo in Europe. The European Commission has granted marketing authorisation to Merck’s Ervebo, which is designed to protect against the Zaire species of Ebola.

The article noted that the vaccine was designed at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory with funding from the US government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

Username: Helen Branswell

Twitter handle: @HelenBranswell

Retweets: 200

Likes: 262

4. Dr. Tara C. Smith’s tweet on anti-vaxx ads funding on Facebook

Dr. Tara C. Smith, an American epidemiologist, shared an article examining the funding of antivaccine ads on on Facebook. The article noted that a majority of the ads spreading misinformation about vaccines was funded by two organisations.

The article also noted that the anti-vaccine ads are linked back to products people could buy, including “natural” remedies, books and seminars.

Username: Dr. Tara C. Smith

Twitter handle: @aetiology

Retweets: 101

Likes: 147

5. Paul Sax’s tweet on cancer drugs making billions of revenues

Paul Sax, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, shared an article on how pharmaceutical companies are making billions from cancer drugs.

The article noted that oncology therapies’ share of U.S. drug revenue almost quadrupled to 28% over the past two decades, even as cardiovascular drugs dropped from dominance to 1%, according to Boston Consulting Group.

Username: Paul Sax

Twitter handle: @PaulSaxMD

Retweets: 150

Likes: 291

6. Judy Stone’s tweet on infections killing migrant children

Judy Stone, an infectious diseases physician, shared an article detailing how infectious diseases took the lives of several migrant children. The article further noted that the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) had also announced that they would not provide flu vaccines to detained migrants.

The article further explained that the children were succumbing to diseases because of inhumane and unsanitised conditions.

Username: Judy Stone

Twitter handle: @DrJudyStone

Retweets: 140

Likes: 124

7. Laurie Garrett’s tweet on China’s plague outbreak

Laurie Garrett, an American science journalist, shared an article on the Chinese government informing the World Health Organization (WHO) about two people being hospitalised in Beijing with the pneumonic plague. The article noted that the government aims to manage public reaction about the disease instead of being concerned about the spread of germs.

Username: Laurie Garrett

Twitter handle: @Laurie_Garrett

Retweets: 115

Likes: 114

8. Seth Berkley’s tweet on diarrhoeal diseases causing child mortality globally

Seth Berkley, CEO of the Gavi Alliance, shared an article that detailed diarrhoeal diseases as the third leading cause of child mortality globally.

The article noted that rotavirus is the single largest causative agent for diarrhoeal diseases. According to WHO, diarrhoeal diseases are both ‘preventable and treatable’. Several interventions, such as ORS, breastfeeding and sanitation target all-causes of diarrhea, whereas vaccination and antibiotics are used against the causative agents of the disease.

Username: Seth Berkley

Twitter handle: @GaviSeth

Retweets: 75

Likes: 132

9. Peter Collignon’s tweet on antibiotic use in food animals

Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases physician, tweeted on the 70% fall in antibiotic use in food animals in The Netherlands since 2007, but no fall in food animal production. He further added that the fall in antibiotic use is associated with a fall in antimicrobial resistance levels.

Username: Peter Collignon

Twitter handle: @CollignonPeter

Retweets: 202

Likes: 98

10. Dr. Ron Daniels’s tweet on proper help for Sepsis survivors

Dr. Ron Daniels, founder and chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, tweeted on the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among various survivors. The influencer noted that critical illnesses such as Sepsis leave lifelong hidden scars and proper help should be provided at the right time.

Username: Dr. Ron Daniels

Twitter handle: @SepsisUK

Retweets: 73

Likes: 146