CDC apologizes for muffin post that 'ticked' people off

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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says tick-borne illnesses have increased in Vermont. "Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?"

"Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed", the tweet reads. Experts also advised that checking yourself or having someone else check you for ticks can also be key to preventing Lyme Disease.


In all seriousness, ticks are not something to fool around with.

May begins the three-month span during which more people will get tick bites than any other in the United States, according to the CDC, and a 2016 study found ticks that carry Lyme disease present in almost half of all US counties.


While the CDC's original tweet seemed to "tick off" many people on the internet - and even ruined poppy seed muffins forever for some of them - it did succeed in getting a lot of attention. If you are one of the unlucky ones to find a tick on your body - check it's not just a poppy seed - the NHS suggests using fine-tipped tweezers to pull it off of your skin.

Ticks are known to cause Lyme Disease and the CDC says back in 2016 that there were 230 total cases reported in IL.


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