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Cicada Allergy

Anyone looking to eat cicadas should be careful. Thousands of the large bugs are beginning to emerge after seventeen years of living underground. While most people don't want anything to do with them...some want to eat them. Those who want to eat cicadas don't realize that they could be allergic to them. A hospital in Bloomington, Indiana says they've had cases of people coming in covered with hives.

Be very cautious because these have been in the ground for at least 17 years. We don't know what kind of pesticides they have been exposed to. It may not be the cicada, but perhaps a toxin that they have absorbed, that is the most dangerous thing. Doctors say people who are allergic to shellfish or other foods should eat cicadas with caution.

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