Tick bites & what to do
an adult tick is disturbed) d) and mammalian meat allergy (beginning some weeks to months after bites from nymphs or adults and occurring two to 10 hours after eating mammalian meat or mammalian products), range in severity from gut ache to severe life-threateningg anaphylaxis, with four knownnown deaths in Australia due to tick anaphylaxis.
In our region, 95% of tick bites in humans are due to Ixodes holocyclus, or Australian paralysis tick.
MamMammalian meat allergy was first described by PrProfessor Sheryl van Nunen and colleagues in 2007. The Sydney Basin has the highest estimated prevalence of mammalian meat allergy in the world - 1113/100,000 compared to Southeastern USA with 11/100,00010 and Germany 4/100100,000.00 Blame a potent mix of humid micro-climate conditions (which ticks thrive on) particularly on the Peninsula as well as an increase in tick host numbers and increasingly more people living in tick host regions like ours.
For those with this meat allergy, sometimes the mere act of turning on the family barbecue is enough to trigger a meat allergy reaction.
“It’s what we call an emergent allergy,” said Associate Professor Sheryl van Nunen, “because only very few cases had been seen until about 2003 onwards when a remarkable increase in cases occurred.” Cases of this allergy have now been reported in North America, Europe, Korea and Japan, Panama and Africa‘s Ivory Coast. Mammalian meat allergy is the only allergy where we know what has caused the allergy - a tick bite!
So prevention is key, because a single tick bite can be sufficient to generate these allergies in those susceptible.