Mammalian meat allergy is on the rise in Australia and the surprising cause – a tick bite.
This latest information from ABC Catalyst program has Dr Jonica Newby meeting Dr Sheryl van Nunen, the clinician who discovered the link.
She found that if the tick had fed off another mammal first, the tick’s blood was infected with a sugar called alpha gal. Once bitten by the infected tick some of our immune systems react to alpha gal causing an allergic reaction. This story is a must see if you want the latest tips on how best to remove a tick