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Tick Bites Could Give You A Meat Allergy

Tick bites have the ability to cause a meat allergy, according to an article published by CBS News. The Lone Star tick, which is found throughout the South and eastern United States, can cause the allergy by harboring a sugar not naturally found in humans, called alpha-gal. While this sugar, found in red meat and some dairy products, is usually fine when ingested, the immune system response triggered during a tick bite can create antibodies that attack it regardless of the source. At this time, no one knows if the allergy is permanent, and some researchers believe other ticks can have similar effects on humans.

Read the article published by CBS News.