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June 13, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Woodbury Room
Jones Library
43 Amity Street

Amherst, MA 01002
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The Growing Threat of Lyme Disease

Thursday, June 13, 2019

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The growing threat of ticks and their diseases will be the subject of a talk by investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer.  Massachusetts has among the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, with 3,000 cases reported in 2016, about a tenth of the actual number. In her acclaimed book, Pfeiffer documents the spread of Lyme disease around the globe as ticks move to places they could not survive before. The disease infects half a million people in the US and Europe each year and thousands in many other countries. Pfeiffer will discuss how modern medicine has underestimated the epidemic’s danger by framing Lyme disease, mistakenly, as easy to diagnose and straightforward to treat. Pfeiffer's reporting, which is based on scores of interviews and a review of more than 300 scientific papers, won her the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award, among seven honors for her articles on Lyme disease.

About the speaker:
Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change, has been a journalist for four decades. Since 2012, Pfeiffer has emerged as the nation's leading investigative reporter on Lyme disease, attracting national and international attention and garnering seven awards for her groundbreaking articles on this tick-borne scourge. Reviewers have called her book "superbly written and researched"; "a powerful wakeup call"; and "a work of breadth and depth, impressively documented and elegant." Pfeiffer reported for 30 years for the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal, where her Lyme articles were first published.  Her Lyme disease articles have also appeared in Scientific American, the Toronto Globe and Mail, Aeon magazine, Newsday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Newark Star Ledger. Her previous book is Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of the Criminalized Mentally Ill, which has been called a testament to the inhumanity of prison solitary confinement. She resides in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Free & open to the public.

This program is made possible due to support and funding from the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.