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New Tick Allergy Affecting Many People - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.Some people are experiencing strange effects that are believed to be caused by a tick bite. The lone star tick has been making its victims allergic to eating meat. About three or four hours after consuming red meat like beef, lamb or pork the person who has been bitten by the lone star tick experiences hives.The allergy was diagnosed in 2006, but researchers still don’t understand what causes the allergic reaction from the tick bite, or how long the condition lasts. Some 1,000 cases have been reported, with the majority happening in central Virginia. Bestselling author John Grisham has struggled with his allergy for several years, along with the doctor who discovered its connection to the tick bites. Lone star ticks are common in the southeastern and south central part of the United States, but have spread and been found in other parts of the country as well. Female lone star ticks can be easily recognized by the white spot on their back. Ticks can be avoided by using a specific kind of bug spray and by wearing socks and shoes with long pants and checking yourself for ticks after being outside in grassy areas.