CDC 'Ticks' Off Twitter With Photo Of Poppyseed Muffin With Ticks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was simply trying to warn Americans about the dangers posed by ticks and the diseases they spread.

Ticks are notorious for being small, pesky, and potential causes of Lyme disease.

Now, the most contentious matter doing the rounds on the social media platform revolves around a humble poppy seed muffin.

You can submit ticks to MDHHS for identification and possible Lyme disease testing, free of charge. "Learn how to prevent tick bites".

CDC officials say the tweet was not meant to offend anyone but to raise awareness and protect you during the summer months. The link provided in CDC's original tweet takes users to a page on their website about tick bite prevention, advising readers to "avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter" so as to deter ticks from leaping onto them.

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Use tweezers to grab the tick up close to skin.

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.

The replies, many revolted, continued - some 900 in all - and the CDC issued a tick-in-cheek apology on Monday: "Sorry we ticked some of you off!"

Symptoms may include fever, headache, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue or a rash soon after a tick bite. At the time of this post, the CDC's first tweet received almost 1,800 retweets and 2,500 likes.

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