Seafood allergy? Don’t eat cicadas!

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — For some people, the thought of snacking on a cicada is enough to make them sick. But, people with seafood allergies could actually become seriously ill from eating these insects.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says cicadas “share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters.” This is why health officials discourage people who have issues with seafood from chowing down on this protein-packed bug.

Aside from those with allergies, cicadas are generally harmless to humans.

For more information on food allergies, visit fda.gov.

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