Tick bites can cause potentially fatal and permanent allergy to meat

Tick bites can cause potentially fatal and permanent allergy to meat and there is no cure, medics warn Five patients bitten by ticks in the UK have developed meat allergy, medics say Potentially fatal reaction stops them from eating beef, pork and lam  There is no cure and suffers will have to avoid meat for the rest of their lives

By Stephen Adams Health Correspondent For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 01:22 BST, 6 October 2019 | Updated: 01:22 BST, 6 October 2019

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Doctors are warning of a new reason to avoid tick bites: they can give you a potentially deadly allergy to meat.

The tiny insects, increasingly common in the British countryside and parklands, are already known to infect humans with the debilitating illness Lyme disease.

But now doctors have discovered that they can also make people permanently allergic to the likes of beef, lamb and pork.

Five people bitten by ticks in the UK have gone on to develop permanent allergy to meat (file)

Five people bitten by ticks in the UK have gone on to develop permanent allergy to meat (file)

NHS medics reported the cases of five patients who developed serious allergic reactions to these meats.

They added that there is no remedy to the tick-borne allergy – the only thing sufferers can do is practise the ‘complete avoidance’ of red meat.

The warnings from doctors at the allergy departments of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, are published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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