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Shadow
06-21-2012, 07:11 PM
There's a new weapon in the war on meat (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AmTrGKn8yYLhH6yjCbJeS.309XQA;_ylu=X3oDMTFqMDg xZXM0BG1pdANBcnRpY2xlIEJvZHkEcG9zAzEEc2VjA01lZGlhQ XJ0aWNsZUJvZHlBc3NlbWJseQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTJwOG8xY3R0BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRw c3RhaWQDNmU4YWFkYmYtMGU4YS0zYzNhLWFiYjAtZWFhODMxMT liNzQwBHBzdGNhdANoZWFsdGgEcHQDc3RvcnlwYWdl;_ylv=0/SIG=13svatg24/EXP=1341529818/**http%3A//abcnews.go.com/Health/chicago-hot-dogs-butt-cancer-billboard-highlights-colon/story%3Fid=15920567): a tiny tick, whose bite might be spreading meat allergies up the East Coast.A bite from the lone star tick, so-called for the white spot on its back, looks innocent enough. But University of Virginia researchers say saliva that sneaks into the tiny wound may trigger an allergic reaction to meat -- agonizing enough to convert lifelong carnivores into wary vegetarians.
"People will eat beef and then anywhere from three to six hours later start having a reaction; anything from hives to full-blown anaphylactic shock," said Dr. Scott Commins, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. "And most people want to avoid having the reaction, so they try to stay away from the food that triggers it."
Commins said cases of the bizarre allergy are popping up along the East Coast and into the Bible Belt, areas ripe with lone star ticks. He's already seen 400 or so. And 90 percent of them have a history of tick bites (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=Apq0PlClx7E50frFODH.7V709XQA;_ylu=X3oDMTFqaWd 2Ymg3BG1pdANBcnRpY2xlIEJvZHkEcG9zAzIEc2VjA01lZGlhQ XJ0aWNsZUJvZHlBc3NlbWJseQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTJwOG8xY3R0BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRw c3RhaWQDNmU4YWFkYmYtMGU4YS0zYzNhLWFiYjAtZWFhODMxMT liNzQwBHBzdGNhdANoZWFsdGgEcHQDc3RvcnlwYWdl;_ylv=0/SIG=12sdrfc05/EXP=1341529818/**http%3A//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085643/pdf/nihms-273885.pdf), he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/allergic-meat-lone-star-tick-may-vegetarians-133418695--abc-news-health.html

Dilloduck
06-21-2012, 07:20 PM
Don't Mess with Texas Ticks

Shadow
06-21-2012, 07:24 PM
Don't Mess with Texas Ticks

Ever encountered one?

Dilloduck
06-21-2012, 07:39 PM
Had to fight it off with my Bowie Knife.