Woman Develops Severe Meat Allergy After Tick Bite

A Rogers woman is sharing her tick bite experience in hopes of encouraging others to take precautions when outdoors....

Posted: May 3, 2018 8:55 AM
Updated: May 3, 2018 8:55 AM

A Rogers woman is sharing her tick bite experience in hopes of encouraging others to take precautions when outdoors.

Jennifer Burton was diagnosed with Alpha Gal Syndrome in April 2017.

For six months, she had been experiencing sickness, but didn't know what was causing it.

"Gastrointestinal issues, rashes, hives, and eventually four anaphylaxis episodes," Burton recalled. "The last one I nearly died."

"My husband said 'I'm not going to watch you die. I don't care how long it takes for the doctors to figure this out, but they've got to figure out what this is'," she said.

A blood test, taken during a trip to the doctor revealed she was allergic to beef.

An allergist later determined she in fact had Alpha Gal Syndrome, which has been linked to the bite of a Lone Star Tick.

Alpha Gal Syndrome, or AGS, is a severe allergy to mammal products, including meat. Reactions are not immediate, and often surface several hours after consumption.

More than one year later, Burton continues to avoid all mammalian products, which can still be a chore.

"That includes our cosmetics, that includes our shampoos, conditioners, our vitamin supplements, our medications," Burton said.

Research on AGS only dates back to the year 2000, with many factors relating to the allergy still unknown.

Burton has created a group called Alpha Gal Encouragers in Northwest Arkansas to help others like herself.

Burton warns people to take precautions, because Alpha Gal, or other tick-borne diseases like Lyme Disease have no cure, but they can be prevented.

On Monday (May 1), The Centers for Disease Control issued a report claiming new data has shown the number of illnesses caused by mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the United States over the last 13 years.

The CDC encourages people to take precautions when outdoors.

Judge Vanhorn, a University of Arkansas freshman, makes preparations when hitting the trails. He said so far this spring, he hasn't come across any ticks, but anticipates that will be short lived.

"Definitely once all the undergrowth grows in, it gets real bad, because they can just grab you off the side of the trail," Vanhorn said. "But right now it's still a little bit sparse, but it definitely will get pretty bad here in a couple of weeks probably."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 554536

Reported Deaths: 7083
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1155051679
Ramsey47786853
Dakota42410422
Anoka38477415
Washington24913273
Stearns20994218
St. Louis16774297
Scott15946117
Wright14764127
Olmsted1273297
Sherburne1060080
Carver980145
Clay781289
Rice7632101
Blue Earth695840
Kandiyohi627380
Crow Wing615086
Chisago548250
Otter Tail542673
Benton530597
Mower450532
Goodhue442471
Douglas441870
Winona438149
Nobles400248
Morrison394659
McLeod394355
Isanti375159
Beltrami372257
Itasca370752
Polk365367
Steele361914
Becker353948
Lyon347848
Carlton329352
Freeborn326829
Pine311821
Nicollet306542
Brown294439
Mille Lacs281250
Le Sueur269722
Todd268730
Cass249626
Meeker235937
Waseca231221
Martin212529
Wabasha19953
Roseau197318
Renville172043
Hubbard171841
Dodge17123
Redwood166435
Houston162614
Cottonwood156821
Fillmore15169
Pennington150619
Chippewa145836
Wadena144021
Faribault143419
Sibley135710
Kanabec130621
Aitkin128636
Watonwan12549
Rock122719
Jackson117310
Yellow Medicine110419
Pipestone109725
Murray10229
Pope10226
Swift99518
Marshall85617
Stevens82010
Lake78419
Clearwater77414
Koochiching76913
Wilkin76812
Lac qui Parle73522
Big Stone5644
Lincoln5592
Grant5478
Norman5229
Mahnomen5048
Unassigned49578
Kittson46622
Red Lake3877
Traverse3595
Lake of the Woods3053
Cook1450

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357796

Reported Deaths: 5821
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk55970604
Linn20297330
Scott19082234
Black Hawk15550306
Woodbury14897221
Johnson1404281
Dubuque13153202
Dallas1089196
Pottawattamie10747162
Story1031147
Warren555186
Clinton537390
Cerro Gordo521986
Webster508291
Sioux506073
Marshall477174
Muscatine459896
Des Moines441465
Wapello4253120
Buena Vista421740
Jasper407670
Plymouth397079
Lee368155
Marion354575
Jones293055
Henry286137
Bremer279260
Carroll279151
Crawford262040
Boone258533
Benton250355
Washington249550
Dickinson242043
Mahaska224850
Jackson217942
Kossuth212663
Clay211025
Tama206671
Delaware202839
Winneshiek194433
Page190321
Buchanan188831
Cedar183823
Fayette182941
Wright180435
Hardin179942
Hamilton178049
Harrison176373
Clayton167055
Butler162534
Mills158620
Cherokee157138
Floyd155342
Lyon154741
Madison153919
Poweshiek152733
Allamakee149051
Iowa145524
Hancock143534
Winnebago136031
Grundy135232
Cass134354
Calhoun133211
Jefferson130635
Emmet128840
Shelby128337
Sac127219
Louisa126849
Appanoose126747
Mitchell125241
Union124032
Chickasaw122615
Humboldt118326
Guthrie117929
Franklin112721
Palo Alto110922
Howard102822
Montgomery100637
Unassigned10030
Clarke98223
Keokuk94530
Monroe94128
Ida89633
Adair84532
Pocahontas83621
Monona81230
Davis79924
Greene76710
Osceola75516
Lucas74923
Worth7078
Taylor65212
Fremont6139
Decatur5899
Van Buren55518
Ringgold53623
Wayne52123
Audubon4949
Adams3284
Rochester/St. Mary'S
Cloudy
61° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 61°
Mason City
Cloudy
62° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 62°
Albert Lea
Cloudy
61° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 61°
Austin
Cloudy
61° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 61°
Charles City
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 59°
Tracking an arctic front, cooling us down for the workweek
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Sara's Saturday Night Forecast

Image

April Tool's Day

Image

Byron baseball starts season strong

Image

Hayfield BB PKG

Image

Minnesota DNR offering virtual firearm safety classes for youth

Image

Aaron's Saturday Forecast (4/17/21)

Image

North Broadway Avenue project begins Monday

Image

Aaron's Evening Forecast (4/16/21)

Image

Mom hosting Prom

Image

Vaccines for manufacturing

Community Events