Haemaphysalis longicornis tick bites are a possible cause of red meat allergy in Japan.

  title={Haemaphysalis longicornis tick bites are a possible cause of red meat allergy in Japan.},
  author={Yuko Chinuki and Kenji Ishiwata and Ken Yamaji and Hitoshi Takahashi and Eishin Morita},
  volume={71 3},
Recent studies revealed that Amblyomma or Ixodes tick bites may cause red meat allergy, in which galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-Gal) is a major IgE-binding epitope. The incidence of red meat allergy is high in Shimane Prefecture, as is tick-transmitted Japanese spotted fever. Therefore, we speculated that tick bites may cause these meat allergies. The carbohydrate α-Gal was detected in the salivary gland protein of Haemaphysalis longicornis (H. longicornis), the vector for Japanese spotted fever… CONTINUE READING

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