By Stephen Adams Health Correspondent For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 01:22 BST, 6 October 2019 | Updated: 01:22 BST, 6 October 2019
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)
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.