Tick-Borne Meat Allergy Spreading in Virginia, Poses Life-Threatening Risk
– Alpha-Gal syndrome, a little-known meat allergy contracted through tick bites, is on the rise in Virginia.
– The syndrome causes severe allergic reactions to red meat and other mammal products, with potential life-threatening consequences.
According to health officials, a public health concern is growing in Virginia as more people are testing positive for Alpha-Gal syndrome. This little-known meat allergy is contracted through tick bites and can have potentially deadly consequences. The syndrome primarily causes hives, angioedema, upset stomach, diarrhea, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, headaches, and a drop in blood pressure. In severe cases, it can even lead to death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning about the syndrome last month. It is primarily spread through tick bites from the lone star tick, which is prevalent in Virginia. People who contract this allergy have to avoid consuming certain types of meats high in fat or products made from mammals. Medications can also trigger allergic reactions. The best way to prevent this syndrome is to avoid tick bites altogether. (Source: www.foxnews.com)