There is recent increasing global awareness of a potentially life threatening allergic reaction that could apply to deer stalkers and others! But, as a keywords search didn’t show it to be in The Stalking Directory, here is my personal take on the topic, as a retired life scientist and recreational deer stalker.
Alpha-gal (𝛂gal)* is a ‘sugar’ not normally found in humans. But, if it is ‘inoculated’ through an 𝛂gal infected tick bite, the deer stalker may become medically at risk from eating some meats (not poultry or fish)!
On Facebook the thread ‘Alpha-Gal Allergy Awareness’ is a useful starting point (1.).
Most of us are aware of nut allergies, particularly in children and the risk of having an extreme anaphylactic reaction, requiring urgent first-aid medical an injection into the thigh with an ‘EpiPen’ containing adrenaline, followed by 999 call to summon an ambulance.
The same principles would apply here to anyone suspected as being infected and showing an untypical reaction to cooked or raw meat or who have indeed been diagnosed as having an alpha-gal acquired allergy.
In some southern United States there are alpha-gal carrier ticks and several thousand alpha-gal sensitized patients.
The question here is, has this alpha-gal antigen spread into the UK tick population and put us potentially at risk too?
If you believe the article ‘With just one tick bite can give you a fatal allergy to meat’ by Martyn Halle in yesterday’s The Mail on Sunday, it was found in Dartmoor, some 3 years ago (2). There are also anecdotal reports of such meat allergies in patients attending allergy clinics in the Greater Glasgow area.
I'd be particularly interested to learn more here through our medically qualified and other deer stalkers and their experiences, awareness of this topic.
*Alpha-gal (𝛂gal) is the abbreviated term for a carbohydrate called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose
2 PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News