Can a tick bite really cause an allergy to meat?

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The Lonestar tick can cause a rare allergy – called an Alpha-gal allergy – when infected humans consume red meat and other food products.

K-State food scientist describes a rare complication caused by the Lonestar tick and how to prevent it

By Taylor Jamison, K-State Extension

When warmer temperatures come, so do many species of biting ticks. Many people take precautions to prevent bites to them and their animals, but of particular concern is a species of tick that Kansas harbors: the Lonestar tick.Kansas State University food scientist Karen Blakeslee says a bite from the Lonestar tick can cause a rare allergy – called an ...

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