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Lone Star Tick

Amblyomma americanum


Proof these guys are on Martha's Vinyard now "The bite of this tick can cause a person to develop a meat allergy to nonprimate mammalian meat and meat products.[8]This allergy is characterized by adult onset, and a delayed reaction of urticaria or anaphylaxis appearing 4–8 hours after consumption of the allergen. The allergen has been identified as a carbohydrate called galactose-α-1,3-galactose (alpha gal). As well as occurring in nonprimate mammals, alpha gal is also found in cat dander and a drug used to treat head and neck cancer..." WAT ?!

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Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Jun 17, 2015
Submitted on Jun 18, 2015

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