Lone Star Tick Bite Can Result in Red Meat Allergy

lone star tick pinned to shite board with label

Making headlines recently is the lone star tick, which can cause an allergy to red meat for life for anyone bitten. This tick originated in the south but can be found across the east coast now, including here in southern New England. Like the more commonly discussed deer tick, which is known to transmit Lyme disease, the lone star tick can spread several diseases, but its bite can also result in a severe food allergy in people. Known as alpha-gal syndrome, this condition results in often-serious allergic reactions to red meat, including beef, pork and lamb.

Natasha was on WWLP discussing what the tick looks like and the strange reaction it causes for human hosts