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2132, 04 Feb 16

Tick Making Cows Safe From Humans

Nooooo! Kill those ticks with fire 

Thanks to the common paralysis tick, also known as Ixodes holocyclus, more than 800 people around Sydney’s northern beaches have developed a dangerous and otherwise extremely rare allergy to mammalian meat.

The paralysis tick earned its name and reputation because of the often-fatal effect its bite has on domestic pets. Most humans don’t suffer any particular ill-effects from an Ixodes holocyclus bite. But in some people, the combination of tick proteins and a mammalian protein, injected in the tick’s saliva as it bites for a blood meal, are enough to trigger a potentially life-threatening allergy.


2132, 04 February 2016


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