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Lone Star tick bites are likely the cause of thousands of cases of severe red meat allergies that are plaguing people in Southeastern states including Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia — and spreading up the Eastern Seaboard along with the deer population.
Vanderbilt’s Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program clinic is seeing one or more new cases each week of patients allergic to the alpha-gal sugar present in red meat, according to Dr. Robert Valet, assistant professor of medicine.
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