'Tis the season, for ticks!
The top article that has been passed around my group is from QDMA - Ticked Off: No More Venison It explains this recently (2007) discovered allergy - Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or Alpha-Gal. Alpha-Gal is a carbohydrate that's found in all mammals except humans (primates.) When this foreign carbohydrate is transmitted to humans from a Lone Star Tick bite, some people's bodies will produce antibodies which try to fight off the foreign allergen, in this case, consumed mammal meat. Like with most food allergies, your body will react - hives, itching, redness/swelling, breathing troubles, and even anaphylaxis. Food allergies are extremely serious, something as simple as meat drippings or a serving utensil that touched beef roast (cross contamination) could be life threatening!
After reading through the links above, it got me wondering...
Is there a map out there that shows where these disease transmitting little buggers live? In the slideshow to the left, are pictures I've pulled from the CDC. They show what I was searching for, and if you have ever wondered, I hope this helps!