Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

CDC apologizes for 'gross' muffin post about ticks

CDC apologizes for 'gross' muffin post about ticks

Keene resident Dr. Alexis Chesney has released a new eBook titled "Living Tick-Free: Preventing Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease". The ticks carry bacteria that can cause Lyme and Anaplasmosis diseases.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says tick-borne illnesses have increased in Vermont.

The organization posted a photo of a poppy seed muffin on May 4, replacing some of the seeds with five, tiny ticks.

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But the CDC's tick-laden muffin presented an entirely distinct problem for Twitter users, left to forever associate the delicious dots on poppyseed muffins with disease-ridden ticks.

"Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed". You have a tick. If you determine that you've been bitten by one, you'll want to put it in a plastic bag and show it to your doctor, who may prescribe you an antibiotic.

But if generating buzz about tick bites was the CDC's goal all along, it's safe to say the agency does not regret the tweet.

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Some people think that the CDC intentionally chose this freakish imagery in order to grab people's attention and get across an important message about ticks.

The tweet asked people if they could spot the ticks on this poppy seed muffin.

"Sorry we ticked some of you off!"

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