By Maryn McKenna
LURKING in our houses, hospitals, colleges, and farms is a terrifying pathogen that's evolving swifter than the clinical group can tune it or drug builders can create antibiotics to quell it. That pathogen is MRSA—methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus—and Superbug is the 1st ebook to inform the tale of its stunning unfold and the alarming chance it poses to us all.
Doctors lengthy suggestion that MRSA was once constrained to hospitals and clinics, infecting nearly solely those that have been both already sick or previous. yet via extraordinary reporting, together with enormous quantities of interviews with the top researchers and medical professionals monitoring the lethal bacterium, acclaimed technological know-how journalist Maryn McKenna unearths the hidden heritage of MRSA’s relentless advance—how it has crushed hospitals, assaulted households, and infiltrated agriculture and farm animals, relocating inexorably into the nutrition chain. Taking readers into the scientific facilities the place pissed off physicians needs to discard drug after drug as they try to maintain sufferers alive, she discloses an explosion of situations that display how MRSA is growing to be extra virulent, whereas evolving resistance to antibiotics with fabulous pace. it might infect us at any time, irrespective of how fit we're; it truly is carried by way of a gorgeous variety of our loved ones pets; and it's been detected in meals animals from cows to chickens to pigs.
With the sensitivity of a novelist, McKenna portrays the emotional and fiscal devastation persisted by means of MRSA’s sufferers, vividly describing the various stealthy ways that the pathogen overtakes the physique and the surprise and grief of oldsters whose fit childrens have been felled via an infection in exactly hours. via dogged detective paintings, she discloses the unheard warnings that expected the present main issue and lays naked the failings that experience allowed MRSA to rage uncontrolled: lost govt spending, insufficient public well-being surveillance, erroneous agricultural practices, and immense overuse of the few beneficial medicines we have now left.
Empowering readers with the data they wish for self-defense, Superbug sounds an alarm: MRSA has developed right into a international emergency that touches nearly each element of contemporary existence. it's, as one deeply involved researcher tells McKenna, "the largest factor when you consider that AIDS."