Tick-born disease made headlines when USDA biologists and disease experts concur on origin of a potentially deadly food allergen.
TICK DISEASE CAUSES RED-MEAT ALLERGY
This is a relatively obscure 2016 discovery but as a dog owner, anything about a new disease carried by ticks gets your ears up.
Back in 2009 scientists wondered why some people experienced a strong allergic reaction to the carbohydrate in the cancer drug called cetuximab. Other researchers had previously hypothesized that a fungal infection or parasite could cause a potentially deadly allergy.
Despite bans on germ warfare, scientists are always looking for a new disease that could easily be spread into enemy territory and be exceedingly difficult to trace back to the U.S. They recognize the risk if such germs were to get loose here in America but it wouldn't be the first time. Remember Plum Island Lyme Disease and the significantly quick response from the vaccine-makers? Wow! It was almost as though they anticipated Lyme disease...
So it might trouble you to know that we have genetically engineered ticks that can cause severe, life-threatening ii Alpha-gal allergic reactions to consumption of red meat. If you are a "greenie" or vegan, you might be smiling but as a dog owner you’re thinking about better tick control.
We all hope that our scientists are busy protecting us from disease and figuring out ways to thwart our enemies. That's what governments do. The news media tells us that North Korea has the makings of "the bomb" but what are we hearing about deadly meat-induced anaphylaxis carried by ticks? Zip. Zero. Has it been censored because we don't want enemies to know about potential germ-warfare discoveries? Perhaps, but when medical weapons research goes awry, as happened on Plum Island (see visual links below), cognizant people want to know how to protect themselves.
Did you know that "Genetically engineered ticks may be causing severe, life-threatening allergic reactions to meat that may soon start to spread throughout the entire world"? That was headline-grabbing speculative reporting but then the VCU School Of Medicine released a study on “A new meat allergy that develops after certain tick bites is forcing those afflicted with it to alter their diets” by Susan Wolver, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine.
Did you hear about that?
It could have been allergy news in the real world but seems to have been kept in academia. Dr. Wolver partnered with other distinguished professors at the University of Virginia to research and write the tick-bite-allergy article.
Also mind-numbingly obscure was this observation by Perdue University medical entomology/vector biology professor Catherine Hill “Tick saliva, for example, teems with antimicrobials, pain inhibitors, cement, anticoagulants and immune suppressors, all designed to help the tick feed on its host undetected for days or weeks.”
While that wasn’t earth-shaking news, it explains why we don’t realize a (potentially lethal) tick is biting us and infecting our blood supply. Fortunately, TheDogPlace.org medical researchers felt that dog owners should be aware that the most scrupulously cared-for dog can transfer a potentially deadly tick-borne disease through our tender skin with a tick bite that isn't even felt!
According to a CBS News report "In some cases, eating a burger or a steak has landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions." The odds are in your favor but the red-meat reaction can cause ii anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock .
The new medical articles do not specifically mention genetically engineered ticks such as were created on Plum Island, only that this particular tick bite is "a new syndrome".
Our researchers did a little more digging. The symptoms, including severe hives, have been linked to Alpha-gal, a type of sugar that humans don't have. The tick-bite reaction differs in other medical anomalies. Patients often wake up in the middle of the night with anaphylaxis, usually three to six hours after having eaten red meat for dinner. This delay in the onset of symptoms makes diagnosis as an allergic reaction less likely, thus further jeopardizing recovery.
"Significantly, meat-induced anaphylaxis is the first food-induced severe allergic reaction due to a carbohydrate rather than a protein. It is also the first time anaphylaxis has been noted to be delayed rather than occurring immediately after exposure.” ~ http://preventdisease.com/news
The delay between consumption of red meat and onset of life-threatening anaphylaxis complicates diagnosis and thus, treatment. This unusual delay in onset of a potentially deadly allergic-reaction is noted by medical practitioners and leads to questions of genetic engineering. Obviously a genetically programmed delay before symptoms begin would confound primary care practitioners and create a problem in diagnosis and treatment.
What kind of deviant science would create such a nightmare? And why tick-borne disease? Researcher and entomologist Jaime Lombard says "Scientists have been experimenting on ticks since the 1960s because of their ability to spread disease. Since then, genetically engineered ticks have become more potent and scientists can create human disease almost at will." ~ http://preventdisease.com/news
We can almost hear the “animal rights” crowd crowing “See? No pets, no ticks!” but our job is to inform you on new developments in both people and pet health. If you are a meat-eater, continue to enjoy your steak but if you wake up during the night with difficulty breathing, hives, and upset stomach, you should seek medical help immediately.