This tick may make you allergic to red meat

August 14, 2014 3:27 AM

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Lone star tick bites may be to blame for numerous cases of severe red meat allergies in Southeastern states, Vanderbilt University Medical Center reports.

“It is not completely understood exactly how the allergy starts,” said Dr. Robert Valet, assistant professor of Medicine, in a statement. “The thought is that the tick has the alpha-gal sugar in its gut and introduces it as part of the allergic bite and that causes the production of the allergy anti...

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