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Veterinary Clinic Finds Tick That Makes People Allergic To Red Meat

A veterinary clinic in Ontario found that a Lone Star tick causes red meat allergy in humans. The tick was first found on a client’s cat and it appears to have been contracted locally since they had not been traveling before consulting with the vet.

The Oakridge Animal Clinic in London, Ontario treated the cat that had lone star tick. The owner claimed that they had not been traveling which meant that her pet contracted the tick locally, according to CTV News. As per veterinarian and owner of the clinic Dr. Gillian Egli, the tick is scary since it carries diseases that can easily be transmitted to dogs and humans alike.

What Is a Lone Star Tick?

The lone star tick, otherwise known as Amblyomma americanum, feeds on blood of humans and animals. Its population has increased over the past 20-30 years and is considered an aggressive organism. Its saliva causes irritation, redness and discomfort, as explained by the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a bite from a lone star tick could lead to an allergy to beef and pork. In fact, this is somewhat common in the U.S. where the organism is predominantly found, especially in Texas, Iowa and New England.

People are advised to monitor their health after being bitten by a lone star tick since this may result in fever, headache, joint pains, swollen lymph nodes or muscle pains 30 days after the bite. These may be signs of tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease or a red meat allergy.

Red Meat Allergy

The allergy develops after being bitten by a lone star tick. This is due to alpha-gal, a carbohydrate found in red meat. Its symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and hives. There is no known cure for the condition, so everyone is advised to take caution.

Dr. Adam Mahovlich, a veterinarian at the Elgin Animal Hospital, said there are even more black-legged deer ticks this year. He noted that previously, the most common ones were only dog ticks, but ticks have been spreading to other animals, as well.

Vector-borne disease coordinator at Middlesex-London Health Unit Jeremy Hogeveen added that ticks are dangerous since they know where to hide in the human body without being detected. He said people should thoroughly check themselves after engaging in outdoor activities to ensure that they did not carry ticks to their homes.

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