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An association between tick bite reactions and red meat allergy in humans

Sheryl A Van Nunen, Kate S O’Connor, Lesley R Clarke, Richard X Boyle and Suran L Fernando
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (9): 510-511.

Twenty-five patients living in a tick-endemic region of Sydney, New South Wales developed red meat allergy after experiencing large local reactions to tick bites. This represents a potentially novel cross-reaction between an arthropod and a food protein.

Between 2003 and 2007, 25 patients (seven men, 18 women; mean age [range], 29.9 [21–63] years) presented to our allergy practice in Sydney, New South Wales with a history of an allergic reaction to red meat.

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  • Sheryl A Van Nunen1
  • Kate S O’Connor2
  • Lesley R Clarke1
  • Richard X Boyle3
  • Suran L Fernando1

  • 1 Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

None identified.

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