Tick Illnesses In Martha's Vineyard Rising

Cases of a tick-borne illness are on the rise on Martha's Vineyard.

The illness is called alpha-gal syndrome, or AGS-a carbohydrate present in meat, dairy and other products can cause a serious allergic reaction to those infected.

Difficulty breathing, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues and fatigue are among the severe symptoms.

Martha's Vineyard Hospital reported only two positive tests in 2020; this year there have been 140 recorded positives. Scientists say the disease has been traced to the Lone Star Tick, which is common in the Eastern US and Mexico, but further study is needed.

There is no cure for AGS, but it is not permanent, lasting anywhere from a few months to several years.

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Photo: ASAAD NIAZI / AFP / Getty Images

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