There is a rash of meat allergies, currently sweeping the East Coast of America, and it appears to have been caused by the tiny lone star tick.
Researchers from the University of Virginia say they’ve linked the sudden onset of meat allergies to the bite of the lone star tick, which is named for the tiny white spot on its back.
The most curious part of this specific meat allergy is the delayed reaction that people seem to have to the tick bite. You do not get hives until four hours, and you have no idea how strange that is for us as allergists,” University of Virginia researcher Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills said. “It’s a completely new form of food allergy in which you eat beef or pork or lamb, and three or four hours later, you develop hives.”