The First Epidemic
 

Reporting on Lyme disease

by Mary Beth Pfeiffer

 

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Joseph Elone, who died at 17 from Lyme carditis

Joseph Elone, who died at 17 from Lyme carditis

Aug. 29 Post Standard article; print version

Aug. 29 Post Standard article; print version


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A scourge of ticks: Armed, dangerous, global

Jan 23, 2019 : Ted X


March. 29, 2019: THE CHRONICLE HERALD, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA 

Lyme patients are forging path of 1980s AIDS activists. They should be heard.

MARCH 21, 2019: LYMEDISEASE.ORG 

IDSA lawsuit: Patients may have to undergo independent medical exams

Feb. 25, 2019: LYMEDISEASE.ORG

Patient lawsuit against IDSA and insurers moves forward in Texas

Jan. 25, 2019: Scientific American

When Lyme Disease Strikes an Unborn Child 


2018 

Sept. 19, 2018: Newark Star Ledger

Lyme disease isn't going away soon. Government should step in 

June 24, 2018: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

To fight ticks and their diseases, a “Manhattan Project” will be needed

June, 11, 2018: SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN 

In the Battle Against Lyme Disease, the Ticks Are Winning

 

mAY 11, 2018: The globe and Mail

Lyme disease has arrived. Why hasn’t a reliable treatment?

 

Apr 23, 2018: The daily climate

EXCERPT: How migratory birds are moving Lyme disease

april 9, 2018: Connecticut post

Ticks getting a warmer welcome

April 2, 2018: aeon

Excerpt: In a warming world, ticks thrive in more places than ever before, making Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change

 

2017 

DECEMBER 7, 2017: HUFFINGTON POST 

10 points about suing the architects of Lyme policy—as a task force meets to review it.

 

november 2, 2017: HUFFINGTON POST 

Lyme bug stronger than antibiotics in animals and test tubes. Now study people. 

 

july 4, 2017: NEWSDAY

The peril of chronic Lyme disease.

 

March 3, 2017: HUFFINGTON POST 

Swedish MD suspended over Lyme disease care; patients bereft. 

 

Jan. 9, 2017: HUFFINGTON POST 

Flunk the Lyme test? Just wait and get sicker.

 

2016

September 7, 2016: HUFFINGTON POST 

CDC Says Fewer Suffer After Lyme Disease. Doesn’t Say, If Treated Early.

 

July 16, 2016 HUFFINGTON POST 

Go-To Lyme Drugs Don't Always Kill The Bug.

 

Major installments in Poughkeepsie Journal series,

“No Small Thing,” 2012-2015 

May 31, 2015:

Investigation: Patients' voices stifled.

 

Sept. 15, 2013:

Doctors Bucking Lyme Protocols

 

May 19, 2013:

Chronic Lyme disease: Is it real?

 

December 23, 2012:

Babesiosis and the blood supply: Tiny tick, big threat

 

December 24, 2012:

The next tick scourge

 

October 21, 2012: 

Flunking the Lyme disease test: Dicey path to Lyme diagnosis.

 

August 19, 2012:

Lyme disease: Antibiotics Fuel Debate. 

 

 
 

Awards

2016

New York State Associated Press: First Place, Public Service: Lyme disease investigation

Judge's comments: “This series — by far the most in-depth with dozens of stories, a public forum and a gorgeous and enlightening special section — is the clear winner. It covers the scourge of Lyme Disease … and also tackles bad medicine and ignorance as key elements of a larger medical health issue. Excellent work all-around . . . This newspaper has truly served its public.” 

2015

New York News Publishers Association, First Place Community Service Lyme disease coverage
For the Poughkeepsie Journal, which prompted passage of state law to protect doctors who treat Lyme disease

2014

New York News Publishers Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting: “No Small Thing,” investigation of Lyme disease.

2014

New York News Publishers Association,  First Place, Community Service: “No Small Thing,” investigation of Lyme disease.

2014

New York State Associated Press: First Place, Continuing Coverage: Lyme disease investigation. 

2013

Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, First Place, Investigative Reporting: “No Small Thing,” investigation of Lyme disease.Judges comments: "Excellent series, exhaustively reported. Great example of explanatory journalism on a matter of public health concern using both well-chosen expert sources and ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances.”

2013

New York City Society of the Silurians, First Place, Community Service: “No Small Thing,” investigation of Lyme disease.