BBC DOCUMENTARY INTERESTED IN HUMAN PARASITE STORIES

Ingrid Kvale ingrid.kvale at bbc.co.uk
Fri Jan 11 11:26:42 EST 2002


Dear Sir/Madam,

Please could you forward this email to all of the parasite experts in your
newsgroup?  Many thanks!  Ingrid


BBC WANTS TRAVELLERS TALES ABOUT NIGHTMARE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH PARASITES

The BBC in England is making a 50 minute documentary on human parasite
infestations, called Eaten Alive, for one of Discovery's channels called
Animal Planet. The programme will feature first hand accounts of people who
have been attacked by parasites on their travels, plus interviews with
experts about the parasite's biology, behaviour, the symptoms, treatments,
and tips on prevention.   

Are you aware of any people that were in the past or are currently infected
by parasites, that have a fascinating tale to tell who we could interview
for this documentary?   

The parasite cases we are most interested in filming are: tapeworm
(cysticercosis & hydatid cysts), guineaworm, loa loa, schistosomiasis
(bilharzia), elephantiasis, hookworm (including cutaneous larva migrans),
whip worm, river blindness (onchocerciasis), roundworm (ascariasis), bot fly
larvae, screw worm larvae, tumbu fly larvae, ticks, chiggers flea, candiru,
leeches, and vampire bats.  We also hope to include protozoan examples like
malaria, dengue fever, leishmaniasis (cutaneous), sleeping sickness
(trypanosomiasis), and chaga's disease.  

We are collecting the stories now, and plan to film parasite stories in the
UK and US during January and February, so need to move quite quickly on
this.

Many thanks for your help, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.  

Regards,

Ingrid Kvale
BBC Natural History Unit
Broadcasting House
Whiteladies Road
Bristol BS8 2LR
Great Britain

Tel Number: 44 (117) 974 7758 (Ext: 47758)
Fax Number: 44 (117) 923 8867
email: ingrid.kvale at bbc.co.uk



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