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a new virus or reaction is going around with ppl who have been bit by them, their body rejects red meat, like a allergic reaction for somereason
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At first thought its Computer Virus LOL! Nothing will prevent me from eating STEAK!
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Oh yeah, already seen some of that happen to family members, it's very scary.

Thankfully, I don't spend time outside, so I don't have that problem.
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It's called an Alpha-Gal allergy and has been around for some time. It comes from ticks (in the U.S, the Lone Star tick) and it can cause in some people an allergy to alpha-gal, a specific carbohydrate produced by all non-primate animals. It isnt really a virus though. Its an immuno-reaction to the carbohydrate being transferred to your body.

If you develop the allergy, you are unable to eat mammalian meat without a possibly dangerous allergic reaction. You can still eat non-mammalian meat (so poultry and seafood).

Some people recover from the allergy, some don't, and have to avoid mammal meat the rest of their lives.

Just be careful of ticks in general, they are all disease vectors, including Lyme-disease, STARI, powassan, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, among other things.
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Bugs tick me off.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Bugs tick me off.


Oh PV. You're such a pest.
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I find it interesting there is a virus that stops you from eating meat.... me thinks those vegans are afoot.
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ironh19 wrote:

I find it interesting there is a virus that stops you from eating meat.... me thinks those vegans are afoot.


A dastardly plot by those evil veggie lovers to destroy one of America's most prominent food industries!
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Bugs tick me off.


Truly you are a ticking time bug of fury.
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if i got this i would go without food for a long time
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redokami wrote:

a new virus or reaction is going around with ppl who have been bit by them, their body rejects red meat, like a allergic reaction for somereason


This isn't a virus it is caused by a sugar that is found in the tick and in red meat. The sugar is called alpha-gal and normally the human body has no problem processing the sugar. But when the tick bites a human it can transfer this alpha-gal into the human blood steam and when this happens it causes the an allergic reaction. Yes it is an allergy and is treated the same way any other allergy is treated.

Five minutes of research and you wouldn't be posting miss leading or incorrect information. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20140813/tick-bites-red-meat-allergy
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Banned
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I have lived on American processed foods nothing that gets in my bloodstream lives for very long
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do those suckers live in tx or w0t
as long as it's rural Texas I've got nothing to worry about
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Lone Starrr!!
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