If there's one main thing I fear when fishing near overgrown brush, it is ticks. I've only had a couple stuck to me but that was enough to make me hate them. Recently I found one more reason to hate ticks. Not only can you get Lyme Disease you can also become allergic to meat. You read that right, a bite can stop you from eating burgers, steak and other meats that make life worth living.
"Now, the government has not yet issued health warnings about meat allergies associated with these ticks — such allergies are still quite rare, and like many other food allergies, the presence of the antibody doesn't necessarily guarantee an allergic response. Scientists say the allergy-inducing tick bites have affected about 1,500 people since it was first reported in 2008 —compared to the roughly 25,000 new cases of Lyme diseases reported every year."
I've thought about eating better but I don't want to go to this extent. Recently the blogger The Impractical Fisherman posted some info on how to prevent tick bites. I'd suggest reading it. You don't want to become an involuntary vegetarian.
Picture from Survival and Beyond.net