Tick-Borne Diseases are Growing

Lyme Disease is the #1 vector-borne disease in America, and Deer Ticks, who are responsible for most tick-borne disease, are quickly expanding reach across the US. In fact, Hawaii is the only state without a reported case of Lyme Disease.

 


Did you know?

Ticks infect 6x more people with diseases than mosquitos.

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Tick Bites Linked to Meat Allergy

Adult male and female Lone Star tick
Lone Star tick

A bite from a Lone Star tick may cause meat allergy.

 

Alpha-gal allergy, also known as meat allergy or mammalian meat allergy (MMA), is an immune reaction to galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal). Although still controversial, it has been proposed that Lone star ticks (a.k.a Amblyomma americanum) have been linked to meat allergy. The alpha-gal sugar from the tick can be transmitted to the patient through a tick bite causing sensitization and ultimately allergic reactions to red meat. Continue reading “Tick Bites Linked to Meat Allergy”