A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.
I did a little search on Google and apparently "[although] the initial cases of alpha-gal allergy were found in lone star tick-laden regions, incidences of the allergy are no longer limited to this tick's favorite haunt". Also "the allergy [...] has also been seen in large numbers well outside known lone star tick areas". Of course it's possible that some of the cases outside of known lone star tick areas may be non-local "infections". Or the tick's distribution is greater than expected, what with climate and land use change (like the Ixodes scapularis).
I also found this paper that suggest tick bites cause an increase in antibody production. I skimmed through the paper. It all seems mostly correlation=causation interpretation to me. http://bit.ly/1B1PQBB
Has anyone come across whatever published research material there is on this? Like for example, what was in the tick's saliva that was inducing alpha-gal antibodies production in humans? Is it even the tick's bite that is causing the problem? Or could it be a side effect of some other tick-borne pathogen? Is this "effect" permanent? Please let us know if you do!