A tick called the Lone Star tick is not known to carry Lyme Disease. That's the good news. But the Lone Star tick does carry something called alpha-gel, which is a certain kind of sugar not found in humans. Get a little alpha-gel in your stomach, no problem--it's found in beef, pork and some dairy, according to NBC New York. But get a little in your bloodstream and you may suddenly develop a severe allergic reaction to meat--swelling, hives and difficulty breathing.
The Lone Star tick, despite its Texas name, is spreading all over the US--and seems especially happy in Long Island, NY this summer. (It must like the rich and famous.) Vanderbilt University Medical Center released a paper about the Lone Star tick allergy earlier this year--saying the tick-induced allergy can cause a person to go into "anaphylactic shock 4-6 hours after eating red meat" and suffer vomiting, diarrhea, and a drop in blood pressure.
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