Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change is a wonderfully researched book by the award-winning investigative journalist, Mary Beth Pfeiffer.
Pfeiffer addresses many issues including the need for more reliable testing for Lyme disease, the lack of consensus in the medical community involving Lyme disease treatment and the woeful funding for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Throughout the book she illustrates how global warming is contributing to the expansion and proliferation of tick populations.
The author had a substantial knowledge of ticks and Lyme disease prior to writing this book as she resides in the Hudson Valley, where ticks abound, and Lyme disease rates are among the highest in the United States. Her research took her far from the confines of the Hudson Valley as as scientific studies in Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and Sweden were addressed in the book. Her expansive research clearly illustrates that tick borne illness is a global issue.
Pfeiffer’s book not only addresses Lyme disease but also warns of the emergence and risks associated of other tick-borne illnesses such as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis and Powassan fever.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the health of planet and the animals and humans that reside on it.