just a lone star tick vegetarian conspiracy
Some days, I really admire the wildness of nature.
"Odd as it seems, researchers say that bites from the voracious lone star tick are making some people allergic to red meat—even if they’ve never had a problem eating it before.
The Lone Star Tick
- Scientific name: Amblyomma americanum
- Common name: Lone star, due to the white spot on females’ back
- Habitat: Wooded areas with thick underbrush
- Natural hosts: White-tailed deer, wild turkey
- How to avoid: Steer clear of wooded areas; wear pants tucked into socks; use tick repellent on skin and clothing; check gear, pets and body thoroughly
- How to remove: Use tweezers, gripping as close to the skin as possible
Sources: CDC; Susan Little, Oklahoma State U.
The allergic reactions range from vomiting and abdominal cramps to hives to anaphylaxis, which can lead to breathing difficulties and sometimes even death.”