'To fight ticks and their diseases, a “Manhattan Project” will be needed, says the author of a new book on Lyme disease - Mary Beth Pfeiffer'
Mary Beth Pfeiffer, an investigative journalist from New York State, is author of “Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change” (Twitter @marybethpf).
Excerpt from article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
'Beyond its huge growth overall, Lyme disease is taking a pernicious toll on children — those 5 to 14 years old are in the biggest group diagnosed, led by boys 5 to 9. These children may suffer joint pain, fatigue, light sensitivity, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, depression and difficulty learning — problems that are often attributed to psychological conditions, passing flus or growing pains. In six years of investigative reporting on tick-borne disease, I have spoken to dozens of mothers in the U.S. and other countries whose children have lost months and sometimes years of childhood to tick bites.'