The First Epidemic of Climate Change
Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into areas where it was once too cold for them to live. The first epidemic to emerge in the era of climate change, the disease infects half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in China, Russia, and Australia
Mary Beth Pfeiffer shows how we have contributed to this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger. She tells the heart-rending stories of families destroyed by a single tick bite, of children disabled, and of one woman’s tragic choice after an exhaustive search for a cure.
Pfeiffer also warns of the emergence of other tick-borne illnesses that make Lyme more difficult to treat and pose their own grave risks. Lyme is an impeccably researched account of an enigmatic disease, making a powerful case for action to fight ticks, heal patients, and recognize humanity’s role in a modern scourge.
Mary Beth Pfeiffer has been an investigative reporter for three decades and is the author of Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill.
1 Ticks, Rising
2 “Invisible Assassin”
3 An Ancient Bug Revives
4 A Disease, Minimized
5 “Little Armored Tanks”
6 Faulty Tests
7 An Indestructible Pathogen
8 Not Just Lyme
9 Childhood Lost
10 Lyme Takes Flight
11 A Lyme-free World
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