There has been more news reported lately regarding the potential hazard of developing a meat allergy from a tick bite. If you are a lover of red meat then you may want to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the information in this article. Whatever part of the world you may live in, we are all at risk.
People living in tick-endemic areas around the world are being warned of an increasingly prevalent, potentially life-threatening side effect to being bitten: developing a severe allergy to meat. The link between tick bites and meat allergies was first described in 2007, and has since been confirmed around the world.
Although meat allergies are rare, it’s important that we know that there is a real danger out there. We’ve seen the damage that the all too common peanut allergy can cause, so let’s not be naive to this life threatening possibility just because it’s not all that common…. at the moment!
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Tick bites are more than just an annoying spring and summer nuisance. Each year, about 300,000 people in the U.S. catch Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria, from a tick bite, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. Thousands more develop tick-borne diseases such as the malarialike disease babesiosis, the flulike anaplasmosis and the Heartland virus infection.
Don’t let a tiny tick take away your love for red meat. All it takes is a little vigilance to keep safe from a life threatening bite.
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