Meat allergies triggered by tick, and they’re spreading

(WIRED) – First comes the unscratchable itching, and the angry blossoming of hives. Then stomach cramping, and—for the unluckiest few—difficulty breathing, passing out, and even death. In the last decade and a half, thousands of previously protein-loving Americans have developed a dangerous allergy to meat. And they all have one thing in common: the lone star tick.

Red meat, you might be surprised to know, isn’t totally sugar-free. It contains a few protein-linked saccharides, including one called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or alpha-gal, for short. More and more people are learning this the hard way, when they suddenly develop a life-threatening allergy to that pesky sugar molecule after a tick bite.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/06/meat-allergies-triggered-by-tick-and-theyre-spreading/#Hzci7Z2TzmLo3et6.99

Source: Meat allergies triggered by tick, and they’re spreading

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