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CDC: Tick Bite that makes you Allergic to Red Meat Could Affect Thousands

The CDC have issued a warning that a tick-bite may have been the cause of over 100,000 cases of alpha-gal syndrome a condition that, according to the CDC, causes patients to develop an allergy to Red Meat.  This allergy can be 'life-threatening' says the CDC.   However, the disease con only be identified by a diagnostic test.

The Centre for Disease Control issued the following statement:

The CDC reports that between 2010 and 2022, there were more than 110,000 suspected cases of alpha-gal syndrome identified. However, because the diagnosis of alpha-gal syndrome requires a positive diagnostic test and a clinical exam, and some individuals with alpha-gal syndrome may not get tested, it is estimated that as many as 450,000 people might have been affected by AGS in the United States, according to two reports issued today by the CDC in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Studies show that many healthcare providers in the United States are not familiar with an emerging and potentially life-threatening allergic condition called alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), also known as the red-meat allergy or the tick bite meat allergy. Of those aware of AGS, knowledge about diagnosis and management is low.

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