CDC apologizes for 'gross' muffin post about ticks


Tick-borne illnesses have increased in Vermont, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

You can submit ticks to MDHHS for identification and possible Lyme disease testing, free of charge.

"Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed", the CDC wrote.

The CDC posted a photo of a muffin last week, asking people if they could spot all five ticks hidden on the food.

Um, that is terrifying.

That tick is well established in both peninsulas according to the MDHHS and is continuing to expand into new areas across the lower peninsula.

"In the nymphal stage we don't actually notice them", said Sampson.

Ticks can spread multiple illnesses, but Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in MI.

With the rising tick population comes the risk of contracting tickborne illnesses such as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and Lyme disease.

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.

The tweet linked to the CDC's fact sheet about the importance of preventing tick bites.

Perform daily tick checks on yourself, children and pets.

People on Twitter responded to the CDC's tweet with horror and disgust.

Important issue, but I think this photo tweet probably sounded better in the meeting.

"Good job. You ruined muffins", wrote one person.

But, the CDC does have a sense of humor, and they tweeted a amusing follow-up to their poppyseed muffin pic.

The CDC posted a tongue-in-cheek apology a few days later saying "sorry we ticked some of you off". Well played, CDC. Well played. "Don't let a tick bite ruin your summer".