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Lone Star Tick Bites Can Trigger Rare Meat Allergy

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Scientists say Lone Star tick bites can activate a rare meat allergy in certain people.

Scientists at the University of North Carolina say it's not the classic "my throat is closing" reaction but hives, itching, swelling and stomach distress with some patients needing to rush to an emergency room for treatment.

A type of sugar called alpha-gal, which is present in mammal meat, apparently triggers it. Researchers say it's been seen all over the Southeast and all the way to Southampton, New York. It can suddenly make you unable to digest meat, after eating it for years.

 

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