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CDC apologizes for tweet with blood-sucking ticks hiding on poppy seed muffins

Poppy seed muffins (Centers for Disease Control)

If finding Waldo isn’t enough of a challenge, the CDC suggests we try spotting blood-sucking ticks going incognito and crawling on poppy seeds muffins.

The Centers for Disease Control has apologized to the public for a tweet sent last week with photos of ticks on muffins.

“Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?” the CDC asked.

The tweet was sent as a warning about the peak season for tick bites beginning in May and the dangers of infections spread by ticks, including Lyme Disease.

But reactions came quickly, many saying they’ll never be able to eat a poppy seed muffin again.


Days later, the CDC apologized in another tweet.

Disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites tripled from 27,388 cases in 2004 to 96,075 in 2016, according to numbers released by the agency.

The CDC has tips on preventing tick bites, including where to avoid walking, checking children and pets, and applying a repellent on exposed skin that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 to be protected for several hours.

The agency also recommends putting products that contain permethrin on clothing.


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