People Are Freaking Out After CDC Posts Photo of Ticks on a Poppy Seed Muffin

You could say they ticked them off.

CDC tweets photo of ticks on poppy seed muffin
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Last Friday, the CDC tweeted out a photo of five ticks on top of a poppy seed muffin to prove just how small the bugs can be.

“Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed. Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?” they wrote in their post, with a link to a story on how to prevent tick bites.

Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed. Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo? Learn how to prevent tick bites.

— CDC (@CDCgov)

Over the course of the next week, the tweet went viral garnering over 1,100 comments, mostly from people who can never look at a poppy seed muffin the same way ever again.

Well I USED to like poppyseed muffins.

— KIM (@KimboDiddleyDoo)

WHY!?! ...why would you do that ...I can't unsee that!!
...or ever eat a poppy seed muffin again.

— 𝕄𝕆🔥(mo·dus op·e·ran·di)🔥𝕃𝕆𝕍𝔼 (@Mofee123)

I was so excited about my muffin this morning and then I remembered this tweet...

— Dr. Maria Sundaram (@mariasundaram)


— Hillary Warned Us (@HillaryWarnedUs)

However, Twitter user Nilton Grey pointed out that one photo shouldn’t ruin one of your favorite foods, especially when it shares such important information about why you need to be especially careful when searching yourself and pets for ticks this summer.

If you truly like poppy seed muffins, nothing can ruin them for you. Thank you for the heads up.

— Nilton Grey (@nochez_g)

The CDC followed up their offending tweet with another message on Monday morning apologizing for ticking some people off (pun very much intended) and for how to avoid tick bites.

While these tweets come with a heavy dose of humor, tick bites are no joke. If you don't catch them and treat them in time, tick bites can cause a variety of illnesses, including Lyme disease. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause arthritis, heart palpitations and shooting pains.

If you notice a bull's eye rash on your skin after being bitten, visit your doctor immediately. But as the CDC pointed out, the best thing do to is prevent yourself from being bitten by a tick in the first place.

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