Alpha-gal syndrome is often caused by the bite of a lone star tick, which transmits a sugar molecule called alpha-gal into the person's body.
"[S]ome of these new pathogens, we just really don't know how they're going to behave when they're in Connecticut. They've never been here before," Jason White, the director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said, according to NBC Connecticut.
The ticks were spotted for the first time in the United States in 2017.
The disease is thought to be caused by a toxin present in the saliva of the ticks, which feed on human blood.
The amendment was put forward by Rep. Chris Smith, who was "inspired" by several books and articles claiming that the U.S. government conducted research between the 1950s and 1970s.
The carpet python named Nike is recovering at a veterinary clinic after being found near death by animal handlers.
An Oklahoma woman with alpha-gal syndrome ended up in ER after eating a steak.
"The issue will likely not be settled before the spring (March-April) of 2018."
Ticks apparently sucked the fun out of dinosaur summers, too.
With cases increasing astronomically, better protection from the tick-borne disease is urgently needed.
Scientists have long thought that the tick and mosquito immune systems were the same. But their differences reveal a fascinating evolutionary legacy — and maybe a way to stop dangerous infections.