By Maryn McKenna
LURKING in our houses, hospitals, faculties, and farms is a terrifying pathogen that's evolving swifter than the scientific group can song it or drug builders can create antibiotics to quell it. That pathogen is MRSA—methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus—and Superbug is the 1st booklet to inform the tale of its surprising unfold and the alarming possibility it poses to us all.
Doctors lengthy notion that MRSA was once restrained to hospitals and clinics, infecting virtually completely those that have been both already in poor health or outdated. yet via outstanding reporting, together with 1000s of interviews with the best researchers and medical professionals monitoring the lethal bacterium, acclaimed technology journalist Maryn McKenna finds the hidden background of MRSA’s relentless advance—how it has crushed hospitals, assaulted households, and infiltrated agriculture and farm animals, relocating inexorably into the nutrients chain. Taking readers into the clinical facilities the place pissed off physicians needs to discard drug after drug as they fight to maintain sufferers alive, she discloses an explosion of circumstances that exhibit how MRSA is transforming into extra virulent, whereas evolving resistance to antibiotics with unbelievable velocity. it will probably infect us at any time, irrespective of how fit we're; it truly is carried by way of a beautiful variety of our family pets; and it's been detected in nutrients animals from cows to chickens to pigs.
With the sensitivity of a novelist, McKenna portrays the emotional and fiscal devastation persisted through MRSA’s sufferers, vividly describing the numerous stealthy ways that the pathogen overtakes the physique and the surprise and grief of oldsters whose fit kids have been felled by means of an infection in precisely hours. via dogged detective paintings, she discloses the unheard warnings that expected the present main issue and lays naked the issues that experience allowed MRSA to rage uncontrolled: lost govt spending, insufficient public healthiness surveillance, erroneous agricultural practices, and massive overuse of the few worthy medications we've got left.
Empowering readers with the data they wish for self-defense, Superbug sounds an alarm: MRSA has developed right into a worldwide emergency that touches nearly each element of contemporary lifestyles. it's, as one deeply involved researcher tells McKenna, "the greatest factor on account that AIDS."