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Lonestar Tick

Posted by Carissa Team Tink Staffer    0 Comment(s)    Add a Comment  comment-icon.png
08/17/2014 09:43 PM

Greetings from Tink World!

If you haven’t heard, there’s a scary thing happening to people that causes them to become allergic to beef, pork and lamb. One bite from a lonestar tick, and you could be stuck eating fish, chicken and turkey indefinitely.

The lonestar tick was originally found in Texas. Now, it has spread through the south, Midwest and northeast. This tick carries around a carbohydrate from other animals and that is transferred to humans when the bite occurs. The carbohydrate, alpha-galactose-1-3-galactose, causes the body to build up antibodies to protect itself from future exposures.

If you consume beef, lamb or pork after exposure to the carbohydrate, you could have an allergic reaction to the meat. Some reactions are mild and can be treated with antihistamines, while others are severe and even deadly.

So, how do you prevent a lonestar tick bite? Well, it’s hard, but there are a few things you can do to hopefully help. You should wear light colored clothing, keep your yard clean, wear a repellent and toss your clothes in the dryer when you return from areas where ticks could be hanging out.

Doctors say that after five to seven years, you can safely consume beef, pork and lamb again. But, that may not hold true for everyone. So, be careful when you’re outside and be sure to check yourself for ticks.

As for market this week, Team Tink will be back at the Evans Towne Market on Thursday, August 21. The hours are 4:30-7:00 p.m. Then, on Saturday, August 23, you can find us at the Decatur Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t forget that we have a few new items. If you came to market this week, you saw them on the chalkboard. We now have hamburger patties, flat iron steak and chuck eye steak. So, try them out next time you are in the mood for something new!

Have a great week. We’ll see you at the market