World's first tick bite anaphylaxis confirmed in Australia

PEOPLE with allergies to tick bites should be warned of the potential for anaphylaxis, researchers say.

They’ve reported the world’s first confirmed cases of tick-induced anaphylaxis – in NSW and Queensland – which all occurred during attempts to remove the ticks rather than killing them in situ.

The group, from the Australian Venom Research Unit, Melbourne, and Watkins Medical Centre, Brisbane, say that usually tick-related fatalities are linked to paralysis from tick toxins.

But the researchers