December 19 2022
NSW Health has issued an alert to clinicians and the general community, highlighting that Meningococcal disease cases are above average for this time of year.
Posted March 22, 2023
Tick bites may result in allergic reactions to the ticks themselves, including anaphylaxis, and, rarely, there have been fatalities.
Only adult ticks cause anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction). Allergy to proteins in the tick’s saliva is the cause of these reactions.
Tick anaphylaxis is very rare in countries other than Australia, but is not uncommon in tick-prevalent areas of Australia.
Crucially, people who suffer an anaphylactic reaction to a tick only do so when the tick is disturbed.
Local swellings at the site of a tick bite may be forerunner to the development of mammalian meat allergy or tick anaphylaxis.
Preventing a tick bite:
How to remove a tick?
If you are bitten by a tick, kill the tick where it is.
Read more about tick allergies at TIARA - Tick Induced Allergies Research and Awareness
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